The Placebo Effect is something that is often brought up as part of discussions regarding health, alternative medicine, and as a possible solution for people who may not respond to traditional treatments. But the placebo effect shouldn't be confused with energy healing, and vice versa. They are two very different methods of pain relief, and these are the five main reasons why:
1. Placebo is not considered part of holistic health
While placebo effect can be a viable option for many people and has been shown to benefit in some cases, it is not considered part of holistic health as energy healing is. A placebo can work to address a specific ailment or symptom, but energy healing seeks to rebalance all aspects of health in terms of body, mind, and spirit. Approaching health in a holistic way means that all elements of relief are connected - a principal that is crucial in energy healing. However with placebo, typically the approach is not about overall wellbeing, but focusing on one element.
2. Healing is a real treatment - not psychological like Placebo
The way the placebo effect works is largely psychological. When someone believes they are receiving a medicine, or perceives their issues to be improved, it's an effect of psychological conditioning, rather than true physical relief. Since healing is a real treatment that affects both the mind and the body, it differs from placebo in this way.
3. Placebo effect is a temporary relief of a symptom and doesn't address root cause
Placebos can be very effective in relieving pain or other symptoms of a person's ailment, but does little to address the underlying issue or the root cause of the pain. Typically, it is a temporary solution that does not seek to remedy a chronic issue. Energy healing, however, approaches pain from the other side; rather the underlying issue is directly dealt with in order to relieve the symptoms that are manifesting.
4. Energy healing utilizes specially trained practitioners
Placebos may be administered by doctors or specialists, and in some cases by patients themselves, but there is no such thing as someone being especially trained in placebo healing. Energy healing is a specialized method of alternative medicine that requires practitioners to go through extensive training and education to understand how healing affects different people, and how healers can read people to understand how to best administer relief.
5. The benefits of healing improve over time
While placebos can generally lesson, or in some cases, eliminate symptoms, prolonged use doesn't have the same effect as it does with energy healing. Initial energy healing session can provide immediate relief in some cases, but it is the prolonged treatment through energy healing that shows the best results with symptoms improving more and more over time.
Placebo effect and energy healing are two very different types of pain relief, but various methodologies in traditional medicine and alternative medicine work for different people. The important thing is that you are able to find the best solution that works for you, and most importantly, that more people have access to varying types of symptom relief.
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