On Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:17:21 -0700 (PDT), tetsubo57
Post by tetsubo57
Can powerful healing spells such as Heal (3.5/PF) cure genetic disorders
or mental illness? Or is this beyond the scope of the spell itself?
This is the sort of question that comes up a lot, and the answer is
usually a lot of "it depends" and "DM's perogative".
Myself, I would argue it does not have the ability to get rid of
genetic disorders. Heal (and the Cure Wounds spells) merely restore
the body to its "normal" state (as determined by its genes). It can no
more cure, a character's hump or an arhythmic heart than it can change
his eye-color. It would probably take a mix of Restore & Cure Disease,
or maybe Polymorph & Permanence to fix the problem.
Whether Heal can fix a mental disorders is less certain. It can cure
certain effects such as Feeblemind or confused, and the 3.5E rules do
mention "insanity", but other editions specify it only cures these
effects "as caused by spells or injury to the brain". So if a sword
thrust results in brain injury causing extreme paranoia and psychosis,
then Heal would repair the damaged brain tissue and the mental
disorder would subside. But if the character is psychopathic (probably
genetic) or depressed, Heal would have no effect.
But your milage may vary; ask your DM if the Heal spell is right for
you. Side effects may include dice-rolling, thumbing through
rule-books, arguing, whining, bribing the DM with pizza and/or
creating a new character.