The “placebo effect” is our naturally healing mind in action

We need to learn how to harness placebo.It’s our inner healer at work.

From Ode Magazine:

placebo.In the lab, Takeo couldn’t stand it anymore. The itching was driving him crazy. He watched his right arm turn red and wondered why he’d decided to take part in this experiment. He knew he was allergic to poison ivy (Rhus radicans). So what was the point of re-exposing himself? An hour later, Takeo refused to believe what Yujiro Ikemi, founder of the Institute of Psychosomatic Medicine at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, was telling him: The Rhus radicans extract hadn’t been applied to his right arm (which, nevertheless, had continued to swell) but his left, which was showing no symptoms.

What made his right arm swell so much wasn’t poison ivy at all, but a harmless leaf. Takeo, like half the participants of this experiment, was reacting to the idea of the allergy, not the physical reality.

So what is the placebo effect? Everything we don’t know about the capacity of the brain to heal the body. Therein, undoubtedly, lies the secret of the shamans and other healers. Their rituals, chants and restorative acts address the most archaic parts of the brain, those that regulate our organism and can participate in its healing. (emphasis mine)

Personally I don’t believe most of western medicine is any more “advanced” than the shaman’s medicine. Our minds are what do a lot of real healing. Then and now. Unfortunately much of modern medicine is toxic. It’s often best to stay away.

4 thoughts on “The “placebo effect” is our naturally healing mind in action

  1. Belief is healing – whether it is in a God who loves us or in a pill that is going to help us feel better…it makes sense to me that placebo is powerful. Now to harness it selectively on what ails those of us suffering through the effects of psych drugs!


  2. The placebo effect is an under-appreciated phenomenon. Meta-studies have shown that SSRIs are no more effective than placebos. And my favorite study is one in which 43% of men given a placebo treatment for baldness re-grew their hair.


  3. information is not dangerous…what people do with it may be…but do you really want to live in a world that controls information?

    this info is potentially powerfully healing and empowering for those of us who choose to harness what it really means…

    most things with any power can be twisted for good or evil.


  4. I heard this story but with ice imagined as fire being applied, and the ice burned people the same way fire would.
    “poison ivy” is an oil that is on the leaves of the plant. It is a physical substance.
    This article is kind of dangerous in my opinion as it might get people to experiment on others without their knowledge to see if they will react.


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