Our mind can dramatically alter disease – and even improve painful, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has discovered.
Researchers made the discovery when they were reviewing the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies on a group of 83 rheumatoid arthritis patients.
They discovered it wasn’t the remedy, but the consultation – the time spent talking to a homeopath, who was sympathetic to their pain – that was making the difference.
After the consultation, the participants reported physical changes to swollen joints, and a decrease in pain and negative feelings.
(Source: Rheumatology, 2010: doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keq234).