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Can the Mind Really Heal the Body?

By Genevieve Cunningham

You've probably heard that the mind is an essential tool in the healing process. You may have heard the expression mind over matter. You may also have heard of the placebo effect, which is when people get incredible results based on a belief. No matter what you've heard, chances are good that you are beginning to understand the powerful abilities of the mind. But even though we've heard these things and perhaps even believe these things, many of us still have doubts. Does the mind really play a role in our well-being? Or is it nothing more than luck? If you're interested in using the mind to protect, heal, and improve your body, take a look at this quick guide to the powers of the mind-body connection.

The Power of the Mind

The mind is an incredible thing. Research suggests that when a person wholeheartedly believes in something, that thing is more likely to come true. If you believe that you're going to be healed from a particular ailment, your mind can send your body in the right direction. It's a matter of "putting your mind to it." Does this mean that your mind is a miracle worker? Not exactly. It simply suggests that your mind has a significant impact on the manner in which your body performs and functions -- whether it's well, injured, or ill. 

Don't Forget Common Sense

While it's true that the mind can send your body toward healing, it's important to keep your senses about you. If you require medical intervention -- cancer treatments, antibiotic, surgery, or anything else -- you shouldn't avoid these measures and rely solely on the mind. Medical science has come a long way, and it's important to use it when necessary. The mind is definitely powerful, but great minds also got us all of these incredible medical advances. Use your common sense and your mind in tandem for the best health. 

The Consensus

So can the mind really heal the body? In a way, yes. When you keep a positive outlook and attitude, the body is more likely to heal from various kinds of ailments. Attitude is everything! But it's also important to balance your mind with the medical advances that we have today. The real key? Balance! Use your resources and get your mind on board. With this combination, you have a recipe for better health and healing in your life.

The mind is so incredible. We don't truly understand all of its power just yet. But we know that the right attitude can greatly affect physical health. Focus on improving your attitude and mindset, and you may find that your health improves like never before. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Folsom, Calif.

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