Research has shown that a vast array of different conditions benefit from placebos. This includes acne, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, ulcers, multiple sclerosis, rheumatism, Parkinsons’s disease and colitis. A recent study also found that placebos had a highly significant effect on erectile dysfunction.
But it may be that an account of the placebo (and nocebo) effect can be sought, if not found, in a science expanded beyond the simply neurological, which is to say, in a science that understands ‘mind’ as integrated in the complex web of energies interacting with the brain.
This fascinating article discusses this perspective.