How to harness the placebo effect

Just How Much Power Does the Mind Have to Heal the Body?

The idea that the mind can exert healing powers over the body is one that is most often associated with pseudoscience — and, usually, justifiably so. Cancer patients can’t think their way to healthy; depression doesn’t work like that, either. But, on the other hand, consider the placebo effect and the subjective improvement in symptoms people report after taking bogus drugs. Clearly, the mind and body work in tandem when it comes to our experience of some physical ailments — but which ones, and to what extent? ….[READ]

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