The Placebo Payoff

November 19, 2009 at 11:01 am (Benefits of Meditation, Uncategorized)

Just reading an article in today’s paper about the benefits of ‘placebo therapy.’ This type of therapy is practiced regularly by doctors and accounts for at least 32% of the benefits of all drugs or pills given to patients.

What it means is that even when a patient is given a sugar pill, if they believe that the pill will help the condition, the body actually creates neurological and physiological changes that benefit the body and speed healing.

This simply demonstrates that the body is the healing engine and that medical procedures, while helpful and sometimes necessary, only set up the most favorable circumstance so that the body healing system can do its job. 

The natural healing system is a coordinated group of organs, enzymes and chemical processes in the body that do the healing of everything from physical to emotional trauma. This healing process is an innate characteristic of the body, which tends to heal itself of any breaches or problems. Belief or a will to heal has a powerful stimulant effect on this natural process.

Meditation is a great activator of the healing system. By meditating regularly, the calmness brought about by meditation increases both the speed and effectiveness of several body immune and healing systems.

In additon, combining meditation with the visualization taught in ‘Meditation – The Amazing Journey Within’ can lead to dramatic improvements in health and healing from any physical, emotional or spiritual disorder.

Every passing year, the evidence mounts in the medical world that the power truly is in our minds and bodies to heal the things that afflict us. This new information is really exciting for those of us who meditate!!! And a good reason to start if your have not yet felt the benefits of this age old process!!!

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2 Comments

  1. twe said,

    This is a good example about why we get what we expect in life. Those that expect more get more, and those that expect less, receive according to their expectations.

  2. Whit said,

    Interestingly, there is some research into a phenomenon that has shown patients who regularly monitor their blood pressure can actually bring it down simply by being aware that it is higher than the normal rage. Their body will respond to the knowledge that the pressure is too high and actually work to bring it into a more normal range. The mind is the most powerful tool in aiding patients recovery that has been found thus far.

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