Absolutely not! What recent research demonstrates is that the placebo response is a complex phenomenon, initiated by the mind and leading to a cascade of real, measurable effects. In few words, the placebo response is the activation of the healing centers of our being in a way that produces profound physiological changes.
The body has two internal mechanisms to maintain health. The first is the inherent internal healing mechanism: the vital force, chi; or the primitive life support and repair mechanism that operates even in a person who is asleep, unconscious, or comatose. The second mechanism involves the power of the mind and emotions to intervene and affect the course of health and disease in a way that enhances or supersedes the body's innate vital force. The placebo response seems to involve activation of the higher control center, but this does not mean that its effects are solely in the mind.
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