Hey, you can't argue with success. Some people may pooh-pooh this idea as being a placebo effect, but I saw one person who wrote an article on the placebo effect and said, "So? So what if it's a placebo effect? That doesn't changed the fact that I feel better, does it? That's all that matters, right?" That sounded like good sense to me! Also, a recent study found that when people were treated with sugar pills for something, some of them did get get the placebo effect improvement. Only the improvement wasn't in their head; they physically improved in measureable ways. So some people are starting to think that the placebo effect isn't some mental hallucination, but is the mind getting in such a positive frame of... mind... that it makes the body heal itself.
Very true, it is quite possible the effect may be placebo... afterall the IBS group apparently is one of the top groups to respond positively to placebo, indicating the mind may have a large role in controlling the spasms in our gut.
But what's interesting is that AA was used in a study of pigs deliberately infected with e.coli - all pigs had diahorrea. Those treated with AA had their diahorrea almost completely eliminated whereas acupuncture was only helpful in pigs which had been recently infected with e.coli. The results from this study were that, AA via moxibustion was effective in chronic patients, and acupuncture was effective in early onset but ineffective in chronic patients. This ironically was reported many centuries ago by a famous chinese herbalist who suggested moxi for chronic and more persistant conditions.
More importantly, there has recently been many high profile studies around sweet wormwood (of the same family as AA).
The ingredients of sweet wormwood have been extracted to create a very very potent and effective drug against malaria. Even the gates foundation - who are committed to helping those in africa - have pledged money for ongoing research into the sweet wormwood drug. It is so potent that the effects of malaria are going within 24 hours in most cases... malaria has been one of the biggest killers in africa by the way.
Considering most of our western drugs today come from plants anyhow, there definately is a possibility that there is something other than a placebo effect happening here. Researchers just need financial support and will to turn these plants into usable drugs.
Yowie - Same here, all I did was make the link linkable. -- Lil
Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 2/15/2007 5:29:19 PM (GMT-7)