While discussing the concept of altering the low level healing options for Clerics the issue of the "power" of healing. I realised that my biggest issue with Cleric healing at the moment is that it is unrealistically powerful.
The low level "cure minor" spell should only be able to heal wounds if the character is above 50% HP, otherwise the wound is not "minor".
Curing HP between 0 and 50% should require more powerful magic, "cure moderate wounds" for example.
While actually healing unconscious characters who are bleeding to death (very seriously wounded) should require a "cure serious wounds" spell at a mininum or non-magical intervention.
While I have no issue with "minor" healing spells I think they should only heal HP if a few are missing, or grant temp HP.
These are more appropriate "minor" effects.
The current ability of "minor" magic to heal severe wounds is unrealistic and breaches my ability to suspend my disbelief.
Actually the magical healing requires a significantly higher level of suspension of disbelief.
This is a problem because even in the fantasy writing used as the basis for D&D magical healing is rare, usually only granted through quests.
The kind of easy healing allowed for in D&D generally is already straining the limits of the basic assumptions of a "fantasy" setting. Therefore there should be more hard limits on magical healing to reduce this strain.
The current settings for healing magic are thus vastly more "unrealistic" than mundane recovery from unconsciousness due to severe injury thanks to inspiration, which has real-world precident.
To sum up, non-magical healing is currently more effective and more common in the game than in the fantasy literature which is the basis for most D&D concepts. The current magical healing is too common and too powerful, especially given the current HP assumptions.
Non-magical healing, being based on real-world examples of the effectiveness of "inspiration" as well as common TV/Film and Fantasy tropes, should thus be more effective than the magical equivalent... in at least some situations.
We should therefore push for a reduction in the effacy of magical healing and the enhancement of non-magical options.