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30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

Jun 03, 2014 by

When it comes to concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, we should always turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing, and for peace of soul while enduring physical suffering. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for just about every illness and health concern we can think of!


The saints are great aids to us in our time of need and help guide us to greater love for Christ through our crosses and trials, especially when it comes to our health. Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments:

  1. Addictions – St. Maximilian Kolbe
  2. Arthritis – St. Alphonsus Ligouri
  3. Babies, Infants, Children’s Health – St. Philomena
  4. Back Pain – St. Gemma Galgani
  5. Breast Cancer – St. Agatha
  6. Broken Bones – St. Stanislaus Kostka
  7. Burns – St. John the Apostle
  8. Cancer – St. Peregrine
  9. Chronic Illness and Suffering – St. Lidwina of Schiedam
  10. Cramps, Abdominal Pain – St. Erasmus of Formiae (St. Elmo)
  11. Diabetes – St. Josemaria Escriva
  12. Epilepsy and Seizures – St. Vitus
  13. Eye Disorders – St. Lucy
  14. Head Injuries – Blessed John Licci
  15. Headaches – St. Teresa of Avila
  16. Heart Disease, Heart Attack – St. John of God
  17. Impossible Causes – St. Jude Thaddeus
  18. Infections – St. Agrippina of Mineo
  19. Infertility, Miscarriage, Childbirth – St. Gerard
  20. Kidney Disease – St. Benedict
  21. Lung and Respiratory Problems – St. Bernardine of Siena
  22. Obesity, Stomach Ailments – St. Charles Borromeo
  23. Pain, Suffering, Healing – St. Pio of Pietrelcina
  24. Skin Disease – St. Anthony of the Desert
  25. Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health – St. Dymphna
  26. Strokes, High Blood Pressure – St. Andrew Avellino
  27. Surgery – St. Luke the Evangelist
  28. Throat Ailments – St. Blaise
  29. Toothache, Dental Problems – St. Apollonia
  30. Wounds – St. Rita

You can find information, medals, prayer cards, and devotional items for many popular saints using our helpful Patron Saint Index here.

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All you holy men and women, pray for us!

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This article has been updated and was originally published in June 2014. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.