Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Placebo effect demonstrates healing power of the mind

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Experts at Harvard Medical School advocate that the placebo effect be received with more positivity, rather than viewed as a deceptive or inaccurate measure designed to test health. (1) They conclude that the power of thought can be extremely effective in helping people heal, focusing on physiological changes that have been linked to the placebo effect.

The placebo effect involves someone being given medicine that is actually typically nothing more than a sugar pill which does not contain active ingredients. Many times, patients receiving a placebo who are in need of healing a certain condition report feeling significantly better, if not altogether healed.

The experts at Harvard explain that improvements may take place because of the anticipated response that a person expects when given medication. The university's literature says that there is "evidence that some of the placebo effect is a favorable reaction to care and attention from people who patients believe can help ease their suffering and distress." (2) It goes on to say that the placebo effect "may be an integral part of good medical care and an ally that should be embraced by doctors and patients alike."

The healing power of thoughts
This paves the way for potential changes in how health is handled and, furthermore, reinforces the strength of the human mind to bring about healing and desired outcomes, health or otherwise.

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/046438_placebo_effect_healing_mind-body_medicine.html

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