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Healing of family roots is a practice among some Christians, which involves the performing of rituals and offering of prayers, aimed at healing the lineage of an individual, family or community. This practice emanates from the belief that persons inherit punishments, covenants, and evil from their forebears. Africans seem to be indepthly controlled by their religious convictions. It therefore becomes obvious that any Christian practice or trend which is as popular as healing of family roots has become among the Igbo people, will go a long way to impact on their lives and affect the Igbo nation as a society as well as the whole of Nigeria by extension. The main aim of the study was therefore to examine the tenets of this practice with a view to critically evaluating its impact on Igbo Christians and society. Information from secondary sources was used to augment those elicited through structured oral interviews .The data collected were analysed using the phenomenological approach, while the social theory of structural functionalism formed the theoretical framework. The result of the study showed that healing of family roots seems to have made commendable impact on the lives of some Igbo Christians by fostering unity and solidarity among the members of families and communities, bringing physical as well as economic healing to persons, among others. There is also enough evidence to support the opinion of a minority that it has actually done remarkable harm as well by causing conflicts, creating an avenue for fraud, encouraging laziness and so on. The study concluded that the negative trends of this practice should be curbed and the benefits maximized and went ahead to offer recommendations that may lead to the achievement of this goal.