The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind
When Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients were given a placebo that they believed was the same drug that had previously controlled their PD symptoms, they got that same symptom relief from the placebo. What happened was that their powerful beliefs actually catalyzed dopamine synthesis in their brains. In states of perfect health, our brains synthesize all the drugs we need and they do it in exactly the right formulas, dosages, and schedules of administration. This is known as the endogenous pharmacy.
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Berkelhammer, D. (2016). The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/own-hands/2016/01/the-endogenous-pharmacy-and-the-mind/