The Body's Incredible Healing Powers
“When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
God has given your body incredible powers of healing and repair, and you could almost say that we carry our very own doctor and pharmacy inside us.
When testing new medicines, one group of patients gets the medicine and another group gets a placebo. The placebo does nothing, but no one knows who gets it. However, doctors have known for years that a “placebo effect” sometimes takes place. For example, if the body thinks it is getting aspirin for a headache but is actually getting a placebo, the body expects the medicine to work, and the headache will often disappear. Studies over recent years have shown that the body does produce its own painkillers. It has been found that one of these pain-killing chemicals made by the body can reduce pain as effectively as 8 milligrams of morphine or 80 milligrams of Demerol!
Studies on the body’s built-in pharmacy have, so far, confirmed that the body is also able to treat coughs, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, asthma, colds, arthritis, ulcers, high cholesterol, and even warts. Often, the medicines we take simply give the body “permission” to do its own healing by giving us the belief we are going to get better.
Medicine is often the study of how the body solves problems – in other words, a study of the work of the Great Physician Himself!
Dear Lord Jesus, You made us and You are the great Healer of both body and soul. I thank You for the wonderful abilities You have given my body to take care of itself. But without You, my soul has no healing. I trust in Your atonement for my sin. Amen.
Photo: Some of these “cures” work because of the placebo effect. (PD)