She was suffering from asthma but every time she went to her Asthma specialist she immediately felt better before she even started the new prescription.
20 years later I have my own Holistic Practice and I am still amazed about the human mind. I have two types of clients. The first type has immediately relief from their symptoms through my suggestions and guidance and the other type has no change at all despite the fact that I spend more time with them guiding and coaching them. I can’t help myself of realizing that there is more to that than just suggesting herbs and foods that are proven to heal.
Helping my clients to feel better is my most important duty as an Herbalist. Some of my clients come to me due to the disappointment of not being helped by the medical world. Due to this matter I can’t help myself of not thinking about my Mom’s word PLACEBO.
Placebos are used during medical research. A typically research divides subject groups into two groups. One group receives a PLACEBO in a form of a sugar pill and the other group receives the necessary medication needed for the research. If a drug company likes to reveal the results they compare the results from the medication to the results of the PLACEBO. Most of us assume that taking a placebo is equal to doing nothing! But is this really true?
So what does the word Placebo really mean? Well, WIKIPEDIA defines the word placebo as “I shall please”, translated from Latin. It also states that a placebo is a stimulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to DECE IVE the recipient. It further states that prescribing a pure placebo is considered BAD MEDICINE, since it introduces deception and dishonesty into the doctor-patient relationship.
Having trust and believe in a CURE is everything. After years of helping clients I know for sure that anytime a client is coming to my practice without BELIEVING into the healing power of plants and foods, that person will find no healing.
In 1994 a surgeon called Bruce Moseley actually took the whole belief of a placebo into his surgery room. He operated on 10 men with severe arthritis knee pain. 5 of those men did not receive the surgery but instead he stabbed the placebo patients’ knees three times with a scalpel during surgery to make it look real. The placebo worked. Six months after surgery, the 10 patients still didn’t know whether they have been faked out or not. But all of them reported less pain. Here is the article in case you are interested to read about it http://www.nytimes.com/2000/01/09/magazine/the-placebo-prescription.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm.
Our mind is the most powerful tool towards healing. If we can’t trust and believe, the body can’t find the right energy to heal itself.
We are a form of energy so is the whole world around us. Having a placebo is more than ”NOTHING”’! The placebo effect points to the importance of PERCEPTION, and the brain’s role in physical health. We all know about stories from people who come back to health through the power of prayers. But isn’t praying just another form of believing?
I love to work with the power of placebo. Not in the point of describing sugar pills but in the form of changing my clients thought process. Believing that our body can heal itself is the first step towards healing. There are still so many things about the body and mind that we don’t understand, for example why do people experience pain in a leg that has been amputated years ago?
I once heard from a famous energy healer that we not only have a physical body, we also have an energy body. She said that we can visualize it as a shadow floating above the physical body.
Complete healing can only come by working with the energetic and physical body. Any form of positive energy which can come through positive thinking, spiritual prayers, meditation and positive affirmations will affect our energetic body.
Next time you have to decide between different healing methods choose the one that speaks to you. The one method that feels right within your heart. The one that you KNOW will bring healing. A knowing that comes from the heart not from the mind!
Don’t get side tract from other people’s opinions especially if it is about the right treatment for cancer. People can find healing through all sorts of pathways through prayers, chemotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, Reiki, massage, herbs, meditation etc. Always ask yourself if you truly and deeply belief in what is offered to you! If you have the slightest doubt, find something else.
The mind is the ultimate healing power, not the type and form of therapy.
You need to know what speaks to you! What form of therapy do you feel is the right one for you? Once you made your decision BELIEF FULL HEARTED.
Birgit your Herbalist