How do patient beliefs or superstitions effect recovery?
The brain is a powerful part of our immune system
As I've said, the mind has immense power. It's all in the mind, we can't force patients to not believe what their beliefs are it's impossible. But we can of course manage patients along side their beliefs and make sure it does not contraindicate the treatment.
Your mind is a powerful gift. It can allow us to see our own realities, and it can also trap us in our own prison. Some things, no matter what, are just out of our control, no matter how hard we try. But the power of thought is amazing. You can change your whole life circumstance with the simple yet complex idea of just "thinking". Usually whatever you believe you can become. Interestingly enough, both superstition and belief have a bit in common...they both manifest the idea that a particular cause will give us a particular effect. "Step on a crack, break your mother's back" or "Believe hard enough and whatever you desire will come true". Either way, it's our thoughts that ultimately align our body to respond, and its those thoughts that can make your recovery what it will be.
It goes back to an earlier question posed, the power of the mind. I think if you're beliefs are sacred to you, they can play a powerful role in recovery.
A lot psycologically
If they think the treatment won't work they are right.
The mind and the power of prayer can elicit miracles, if only you believe!
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