Homeopathy Tips for 3/20/12 Placebo

Often I see articles that refer to homeopathy as placebo. Or far worse yet quackery. I know from over twenty years of experience that something does happen when the correct remedy is given. Because there are no direct effects and only what can be revealed by the dynamic expression of the vital force, it is a fair assumption that the effects of the remedy has been placebo. I thought it would be good to investigate this idea.

What does placebo really mean? According to Websters Dictionary placebo is Latin for “I shall please.” Our common thought about placebo is that because we take a pill, even though there is no physical signature of the substance, we have a healing response because we believe it. So the placebo is the pill saying “I shall please. I am at your service. Make use of what I have to offer. ” And the belief of the person is, “I believe this to be true. So it is.”  And a response happens. We often will see this even in homeopathy when it is inappropriate to repeat the remedy and instead will offer the client a unmedicated pillule to take instead. Often it has as good of effect as the medicated pillule especially if the person has had a prior positive response to a remedy.

The placebo effect attributes the major part of the therapeutic effect to the expectation of the researcher or the therapist or to what one expects of the medication. So in essence all medicine or therapies are placebo. There is a belief that they will work or they would not be given. This has been observed in all domains of medicine. Placebo effects have been observed to represent between a third and half of the medicines effectiveness. This is something that is real and should not be taken lightly if we are to have a true scientific study.

In reality everything is placebo or nocebo. Placebo has positive effects and nocebo has negative effects. Nocebo is best understood by curses, spells etc. But we are very susceptible creatures. In a study, two electrodes were placed on a patient’s head and they were warned that a gentle current would pass through them, likely to provoke a migraine headache. Although no current was passed through them, two-thirds of the subjects suffered a headache… because they believed they would experience pain!

Our beliefs can heal us. Our beliefs can also make us sick. Our brain does not differentiate between what is real and what is imaginary. We can choose to create for ourselves intense imaginary references which will lead to a certitude and allow a positive belief to be put in place. In other words we can fake it until we make it. Our mind does not know the difference.

As practitioners we have great influence with our clients. I have often said that I am more of a cheerleader than a healer. I know that I do not do the healing for another. But the positive influence can be great. When this taps into the belief system of my client they can then start to retrain their mind with more positive beliefs. The body always listens.

Illness is material. But in fact it is a reflection of an immaterial reality. Hahnemann understood this well. In Aphorism 11 of the Organon he states;  When a person falls ill, it is only this spiritual, self-acting (automatic) vital force, everywhere present in his organism, that is primarily deranged by the dynamic influence upon it of a morbific agent inimical to life; it is only the vital principle, deranged to such an abnormal state, that can furnish the organism with its disagreeable sensations, and incline it to the irregular processes which we call disease, for, as a power invisible in itself, and only cognizable by its effects on the organism, its morbid derangement only makes itself known by the manifestation of disease in the sensations and functions of those parts of the organism exposed to the senses of the observer and the physician, that is, by morbid symptoms, and in no other way can it make itself known.” We can therefore conclude that it is the virtual world which directs the material world. Spirit is mightier than matter!!

Allopathic medicine is based on belief also. The belief is that it is all about matter. It is localized to the material realms only. All scientific medicines are based on belief. Within a belief system, everything is belief. This does not limit medicine but enriches it by broadening its field of study, it’s application and effectiveness. Placebo could actually be a much better form of allopathic medicine if utilized more.

What your client believes will play a major part in how they will respond. Homeopathic medicines, meaning those that have a pattern of energy similar to the patients dis-ease energy, are NOT placebo. The vital force does recognise the vibrational patterned energy when it enters into its field. But the use of the placebo principle should not be ignored. In the end we do not care where our clients healing comes from.

11 comments so far

  1. Dr. Nkem Okafor on

    Placebo treatment is not synonymous alone to homeopathic medicine but common to all forms of therapies including allopathic medicine. As a medical assistant in an alopathic hospital, I witnessed where a gynaecologist admistered 2cc of normal saline to calm down a nervous lady who insisted that she must sedated while a cervical biopsy was performed. The lady slept and woke up two hours later. This is a form of placebo treatment carried out by homeopathic detractors.

  2. Coco on

    Not always but in some cases it happens,that’s a fact.The power of human mind is still not fully accepted as the most powerful force.I would welcome any opinions /experiences for treatment regarding patients with total mental exhaustion as a consequence related to chronicle stress.Please kindly share if you feel so.

  3. drnadeem on

    its very usefull for psyci patiant

  4. Mah-jabeen on

    Thanks this useful article

  5. E Indrakumar BHMS on

    Dear Sir,
    Until i read this article I believed use of placebo is depleting resources, I agree its scientificity with very human belief systems.
    Timely and very important article for my NEW yet EXPERIMENTING practise with less or no placebos. I feel MORE PLACEBO’s are needed for patients who come under RUBRIC: AVERSION TO HOMOEOPATHY : Caus, Hep, Lyc, Nit-ac, Nux-v, Sep. from T P PASHERO’s – “HOMOEOPATHY”. Probably all these remedies have a common quality – “PRIDE/CONTRARY” because they think – “How this small pills will cure?”
    Personally i observed very frequently – CALC, won’t believe in Homoeopathy even cured, until they are so much pleased with quantity because of their “abnormal” fault finding. Also PHOS, PULS. are dissatisfied when there is no placebo though cured.

  6. Bob Bennett on

    From Cell Talk by John Upledger, DO,OMM; (pg 387) … placebos can be positive or negative …… If the patient comes in convinced he or she cannot be helped, or a lawyer wants the patient to be on record as having tried everything to get well to build a better legal case, results are often not effective. Essentially, if a person’s purpose (intent) in receiving treatment is other than healing, than healing doesn’t take place. So intention, or the lack of it, can have positive and negative effects as well. yet the negative effects of intention are only identifiable in the treatment session as having no effect.

  7. Dr.Rawkrishna on

    its very usefull for some teen and psyci patients. Placebo treatment is not synonymous alone to homeopathic medicine. Its common to all forms of therapies including allopathic medicine.

  8. Dr.Rawkrishna on

    Good and useful article.

  9. drsirajuddaulah on

    This informative article , i shall certainly forward to all my known collegues and students ,.

    – prof (dr)sirajuddaulah .

  10. Robert Lal on

    Good information on Placebo and Nocebo !!

  11. R.N.Gupta on

    I like the article & your way of expression

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