What is the human synonym for the word 'medicine'? Basically, I want to know what do we call a human who can act like a medicine for curing our emotional wounds?
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In this context healer might work:
- A person or thing that mends or repairs something
The 'something' can cover a range of things including physical, mental and emotional.
I believe the word you are looking for is Consoler, which Noah Webster defines as "One that gives comfort." in The American Dictionary of the English Language (A.D.E.L.), or more specifically, a consoler is a person who consoles other people. A.D.E.L. defines console as:
verb transitive [Latin The primary sense is either to set or allay, to give rest or quiet, or the sense is to strengthen, in which case it coincides with the root of solid. The latter is most probable.]
To comfort; to cheer the mind in distress or depression; to alleviate grief, and give refreshment to the mind or spirits; to give contentment or moderate happiness by relieving from distress.
I doubt any further explanation is necessary, although it may be worth note that the words like alleviate is a word often used in medical contexts.
"1. To make light; but always in a figurative sense, as it is not applied to material objects. To remove in part; to lessen, mitigate, or make easier to be endured; applied to evils; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, punishment, a burden, &c.; opposed to aggravate." — A.D.E.L.
Hence alleviation in the context of consolation refers to relieving ourselves of mental pain, anguish, sorrow and so on.
The original "Star Trek" TV series had an episode with such a character, who was known as the Empath. This is not a recognized word, although the back-formation from empathy is obvious.