Understanding the Placebo
People feeling relief from the symptoms of IBS fell into these categories:
Improvement after no treatment: 28%
Improvement after sham acupuncture: 44%
Improvement after sham acupuncture given by a warm, empathetic doctor: 62%
Another study was done giving pills to patients with IBS. 35% of those receiving no treatment improved while 59% of the people receiving placebo pills improved. What is remarkable is that these people were told in advance that the pills they were taking were placebos with no drug content!
When doctors or acupuncturists approach their patients with compassion and confidence this is often called “bedside manner”. Good bedside manner is credited for significant improvements in patient responses. In this article I will share a deeper dive into the spiritual power behind this phenomenon. To do that I will introduce and explain three terms: Presence, Zero Point and Quantum Field.