Funny thing, in conventional medicine we think of “placebo” as “fake.”
Placebo comes from the Latin word “to please.”
In the 1800s physicians gave sugar pills as a consolation to please and reassure patients whom they could not cure. The placebo was for psychological, not physical, benefit.
In the past century, new drugs are tested against placebos. The placebo is looked upon as having no effect, used only as a control.
Here’s the kicker.
Drugs approved by the FDA usually show an effectiveness of 30% to 50%.
Yet many placebos show an effectiveness of 60% to 70%.
That’s right, the placebo effect heals us just as much or more than medication does. This is the power of our mind, the role it plays in releasing our ailment.
As long ago as 1799, Dr John Haygarth in England tested a popular medical gadget against a sham gadget. Both achieved healing at the same rate. Thus he demonstrated “what powerful influence upon diseases is produced by mere imagination.”
Now, let’s not judge it as mere imagination — it’s stupendous, advantageous, restorative imagination!
Your attitude, your spirit, your outlook impacts your health.
At Harvard Medical School, patients with asthma reported the same amount of relief with a placebo as with a medication.
In another study 60% of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) patients gained full relief even though they knew they were taking a placebo. They reported improvements equal to the strongest IBS medicine.
In 2002 New England Journal of Medicine published the outlandish knee surgery study, in which osteoarthritis patients were given either real arthroscopic surgical repairs, or sham surgery where nothing was done. The patients enjoyed equal success with their knee, whether it was real surgery or not.
These are but a few of abundant studies on the placebo effect.
In 2009 Scientific American stated, “Placebos have helped alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory disorders and even cancer.”
“… Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations … from the pinch of a shot to a doctor’s white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones. … Researchers have decoded some of the biology of placebo responses, demonstrating that they stem from active processes in the brain.”
Blockbuster Biologist Bruce Lipton tells us:
“If the brain expects that a treatment will work, it sends healing chemicals into the bloodstream, which facilitates that. That’s why the placebo effect is so powerful for every type of healing. And the opposite is equally true and equally powerful: When the brain expects that a therapy will not work, it doesn’t. It’s called the “nocebo” effect.”
Mind over Matter.
The Spirit infuses the Body, heals the Body.
We want to have belief, confidence, faith that everything is working out for us.
How to release negativity, doubt, distrust, despair, lack of confidence?
– Meditate (gain a fresh outlook – discover the benevolence of the Universe)
– EFT meridian tapping to release specific issues (call Diane for personalized session)
– Align spirit-mind-body with Energy Medicine / Healing Touch (see below)
– ______ fill in your suggestion – How do you find confidence in your good health?
Feel better, get balanced. Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system. Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills (Thanks to pixabay for the mind bubble.)