I don't think you quite caught what I was getting at. I wasn't talking about how the placebo effect can cure stress but rather that stress can make people more succeptable to illness and reduce our capacity to recover from illness.Ygern wrote:Stress like pain is one of those subjective, self-reported conditions. While both are very real, there seems to be a great deal of variance in how much individuals can cope with, and how badly individuals say they are suffering as a consequence.
This is one of the reasons that both are so susceptible to the placebo effect.
So if I have an illness that is causing me stress and a person I trust hands me a magic red sugar pill and assures me it will cure me, immediately I feel less stressed due to the belief that I will be cured.
I can't quote any studies, but I know my Dr at least believes that a reduction in stress can help the natural healing process. That's why she gives me time off work when I have ailments such as chest infections as an alternative to prescribing antibiotics.