Recently the Readers Digest ran an article called 'The Healing Power of Nothing', and in it discussed placebo medication. Featured were the findings of Dr Fabrizio Benedetti of Turin University, in his trial of anti anxiety drugs.
In his trial he had one group receiving the real medication and another not receiving the medication, but instead receiving a placebo.
Which group flourished?
The one receiving the placebo.
That group was also receiving a very attentive service from their Doctors.
The other group (with the real medication) was just being delivered their pills and left to it.
How necessary are drugs if we can help or heal ourselves with the Power of Placebo? And what does that say about the power of human caring? (in my book that is energy medicine) And it wasn't necessarily even real caring - it was manufactured for a survey. (Of course, there could have been some very caring individuals administering the placebos.)
Dr Benedetti says "The real placebo response, the real placebo effect is a
psychobiological phenomenon." That's mind/body right?
That's much better than just treating the body as a mechanical functioning system. And when the caring is added - that takes it through to the emotional body.
Don't underestimate the psychological benefit of anything. A benefit is a benefit, whatever it springs from. (And perhaps don't underestimate the reverse.)
The 'no therapeutic effects' quote in the picture at the top of my page is not very accurate. It's sourced via Wiki, and might be a prevailing belief - however slowly but surely, it's being eroded, challenged and shifted.
There are many definitions of placebo - the American Heritage Medical Dictionary says it's 'a substance containing no medication and prescribed or given to reinforce a patient's expectation to get well.'
Mosby's Medical Dictionary says similar, but also says placebos 'are also prescribed for patients who cannot be given the medication they request or who, in the judgment of the health care provider, do not need that medication.' (which I find a little like playing God.)
I don't know about you, but as I am an ex sceptic - more recent to mind medicine and holistic work - I've experienced the miraculous healing effects a Doctors waiting room has on small children. It's most definitely psychobiological. After an often endless wait - I've been embarrassed to say 'my child is sick'.
And the Doctor says "don't worry - it happens all the time. And gives antibiotics or a vague wave and says 'it's a virus - there is not much we can do.'
I would always go home and think 'argh - I don't really want to give antibiotics to my child and often just spent some time loving my child back to wellness instead.
I had many bottles of unopened antibiotics. They became a very last resort while I didn't know I had an option.
There are countless documented stories of spontaneous healing in the face of
near death. Countless stories of miraculous healings at the hands of patients themselves, carers or healers.
I can tell you many stories of my own clients who walked in here believing their pain was in charge of them, and then walked out free of it - without a pill crossing their lips.
Yesterday I worked on a client who has had a headache for 5 days - she said it 'was so bad, it was affecting her vision'. It's gone. After a distance healing that took approximately 5 minutes.
And she has had her AHA moment to go with it.
I am not saying that all medication is bad or Doctors are unnecessary - but the placebo effect is now well known and well documented - pills take time to process, have hidden side effects and generally also cost money. Chronic pain can often be relieved and released altogether - old pain can be erased with energy medicine and mind power. Injuries and illness can be released too. Life can be easier with energy medicine - which is created by knowledge and thought. It's a tool you can use for yourself and teach your children too, to enable and empower them. Pain is not what we - subject to mainstream advertising that fosters dependency, powerlessness and an interest in repeatedly lightening your wallet - previously were led to believe.
You are in charge. And you DO have options.
So I ask you this...
Will you take another pill to numb the pain before you find out more?
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*Dr Benedetti's quote sourced from - http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/neurobiology-of-placebos-with-fabrizio-benedetti-bsp-77.html#sthash.oaHnFf4r.dpuf