In this post that proves with scientific data that you can heal yourself, at least a percentage of the time, I made the case that perhaps we should be embracing, rather than dismissing, the placebo effect.
But it begs the question – do all health conditions respond equally to placebo?
While all conditions do demonstrate a positive effect in response to placebo treatment, all illnesses are not created equally when it comes to self-healing.† This isnít to say that those that are less amenable cannot be healed by positive thinking, hope, and expectation. It just means youíre probably far better served by seeking conventional medical treatment – and adding positive belief as the icing on top.
In clinical trials, some conditions seem to be more placebo-responsive than others, although studies on some of these conditions are limited.
20 Health Conditions Most Amenable To Self-Healing
1. † † † All chronic pain disorders†(chronic back pain, chronic pelvic pain, vulvar vestibulitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy)
2.†††††† Allergies (hay fever, food allergies, asthma)
3.†††††† Autoimmune conditions (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimotoís thyroiditis, lupus)
4.†††††† High blood pressure
5.†††††† Most gastrointestinal disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, reflux, gastritis, ulcers)
7.†††††† Mental health disorders (anxiety, depression)
8. † † † Premenstrual syndrome
9.†††††† Migraine headaches
10.††† Chronic fatigue syndrome
12.††† Menopausal symptoms
14.††† Adrenal fatigue
15.††† Chronic skin disorders (psoriasis, dermatitis, hives, acne)
16.††† Viral infections (such as herpes (HSV), human papillomavirus (HPV), molluscum contagiosum)
17.††† Neurologic conditions (Parkinsonís, Lou Gehrigís disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis)
18.††† Sexual problems such as vaginismus,†painful sex, or impotence
19.††† Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, obesity from overeating)
20 Health Conditions Less Amenable To Self-Healing
1.†††††† Blockage of the coronary arteries that leads to myocardial infarction (heart attack)
2.†††††† Acute trauma (such as the injuries that occur during a motor vehicle accident)
3.†††††† Active hemorrhage
4.†††††† Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
5.†††††† Blood clots (in the legs or the lungs, for example)
6.†††††† Severe bacterial infection (such as a blood infection, pneumonia, kidney infection)
7.†††††† Diabetic ketoacidosis (when a diabeticís blood sugar gets so high it can cause coma)
9.†††††† Bowel obstruction (when you canít poo or even pass gas)
11.††† Heart arrhythmia
12.††† Unstable angina (chest pain)
13.††† Liver failure
14.††† Kidney failure
15.††† A broken bone
16.††† Pelvic prolapse
17.††† Benign gynecologic tumors, such as fibroids or uterine polyps
18.††† Familial high cholesterol (although Iíll be talking about “epigenetics” soon, which may turn this on its head)
19.††† Congenital disorders (such as cystic fibrosis, blindness, birth defects, Downís syndrome)
20.††† Some cancers
Donít let this list discourage you, but if youíre of the self-healing mindset, do let it help you triage which conditions should land you in the emergency room. As I said, data is limited for many of these conditions, so if you believe you can change your body by changing your mind, more power to you! But remember that conventional medicine has much to offer and can be a great adjunct to healing the mind. Self-healing doesnít mean avoiding the doctor. The way I see it, the more tools you have in your healing toolbox, the more likely you are to achieve complete cure.
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With faith in your body,
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†OwningPink.com,†Pink Medicine Revolutionary,†motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.