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Healing touch
Healing in Tabula Rasa.JPG
Jeremy Greer heals Peter's wounds.
Originally held by: Jeremy Greer (deceased)
Absorbed by: Peter Petrelli (lost)
Ability to: Heal or harm others by controlling the flow of life

Healing touch is the ability to control the flow of life in living beings, healing or harming them.





Jeremy Greer

Jeremy had the ability to heal, but he could also use his ability to take the life out of living things. This seemed to happen whenever he experienced negative emotions, as he said that he was angry when he used his ability to kill his parents. But by thinking positively, he was able to use his ability to heal. While in anger, Jeremy killed a citizen of his town and Noah tried to get him to reverse it, but instead he chose to let him die. Later, Jeremy had the choice of using his ability to kill Deputy Gill, but didn't as he was finally able to control himself with using this ability.

Peter Petrelli

Peter initially replicated this ability in order to heal Hiro of his brain tumor, but Hiro teleported away before he got back and Peter never got the chance. Peter began using this ability to help people in his job as a paramedic. When two trains collided, he healed at least four people of most of their injuries on the way to the hospital (including one man who was paralyzed from at least the waist down, indicating a broken back or neck) and one man with serious burns at the hospital. He also is able to use this ability to only heal most of those people's injuries to presumably avoid suspicion, targeting only the most serious and life-threatening ones. An example is how he healed a man's paralysis but not an apparently minor head wound he had. However, using this ability exhausted him. Peter described it as the ability continually draining out of him, however, he refuses to give it up and be ordinary. He later used it to heal Matt Parkman's wounds, but discarded the ability in favor of flight from Sylar, before he could heal Hiro.



  • Noah says that it's possible for healing abilities to "flipside" and evolve into abilities that can also take away a person's life force (Tabula Rasa). This has been demonstrated by Jeremy Greer and an unnamed woman from China.
  • According to the episode commentary for Shadowboxing, Peter is "not able to heal everyone." In fact, Adam Armus said that every time Peter heals somebody, it "takes something out of him."

See Also

  • For other uses of healing, see healing (disambig).
  • For the similar ability to take the life force and change age, see age transferal.
  • For another ability to heal injuries of living things, see healing.
  • For the similar ability to detect and heal physical, mental, and emotional damage, see health optimizing.

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Healing touch for fan-created theories and other speculation.

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