Instead of covering a ba-jillion topics like acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, naturopathy, healing touch, and the like, I decided to cover the only working effect that they all share in common: The Placebo Effect. To put it simply, it is ‘mind over matter’.
Studies have shown that it doesn’t matter where you stick the needles, or whether you even use toothpicks, or what part of the foot you touch/massage, or what joint is popped, the fact that a ‘professional’ is taking care of you and doing something for you has a definite effect. This blog post was inspired by Justin Lelbach, who was interested in the new research posted on the studied effects of placebo treatments. This article and the actual journal source can be found here. For a nice overall coverage of the topic, this link will take care of your needs.