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20 Health Conditions Most Amenable To Self-Healing

20 Health Conditions Most Amenable To Self-Healing

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)

6.†††††† Fibromyalgia

7.†††††† Mental health disorders (anxiety, depression)

8. † † † Premenstrual syndrome

9.†††††† Migraine headaches

10.††† Chronic fatigue syndrome

11.††† Insomnia

12.††† Menopausal symptoms

13.††† Vertigo

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.††† Addictions



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)

8.†††††† Appendicitis

9.†††††† Bowel obstruction (when you canít poo or even pass gas)

10.††† Stroke

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.

Do You Believe You Can Heal Yourself?

Tell me what you think. Share your stories. You might even wind up in my next book!

What if I told you caring for your body was the LEAST important part of your health?†Watch my TEDx talk here to learn the MOST important part.

With faith in your body,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†,†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.


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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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7:42AM PDT on May 26, 2013

I healed myself of deficiencies and Hashimotos Hypothyroidism by being on a healthy vegan diet and doing energy work and meditation on myself.
Never underestimate the power one has to heal oneself with healthy nutrition and healing food and using one's own healing energy powers

1:52PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Very helpful. Thank you.

7:38PM PST on Jan 15, 2012


4:11AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Prevention and maintenance go a long way in healing the body, but bless the doctors who are there to provide emergency care.

8:40PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

The lists are helpful - it would have been even more helpful to provide a few links to help people get started.

6:22PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

thanks for sharing this

10:05AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thank you

5:43AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Vicodin is a controlled substance which contains the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers and acetaminophen is a comparatively less powerful analgesic that stimulates the effects of hydrocodone. Adderall on the other hand is a central nervous system stimulant. It works by affecting the chemicals in the brain and nerves that contributes in hyperactivity and impulse control. It is generally used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Both these drugs have effective side effects and should strictly be consumed under the supervision of a professional physician.

7:35PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:28PM PST on Jan 7, 2012


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