Is self-hypnosis a good form of alternative medicine?Or is it all the placebo effect?
The two are not mutually exclusive. The placebo effect is actually a real thing. Feeling as if something is doing you some good is part of the treatment. Didn’t you see “Adam Ruins Everything” last week? :)
Seriously the only time self-treatment would be a bad idea is when you do that instead of seeing a real doctor. Don’t mess around with your health.
The problem is most people who try to treat the problem are doing it for the express purpose of avoiding a legitimate doctor. That’s where the danger lies in self-medication and pseudoscience. By the time they get real medical intervention it’s often too late.