Actions. Most people are aware of the so-called placebo effect that occurs when sugar-pills administered instead of real pharmaceuticals work just as well as drugs about one quarter of the time. In lucid dreaming, this feat can be pulled off much more impressively and with much greater effectiveness, as not only may any pill (or other dosage form) be generated, but its effects can also be felt immediately. The physical body simply has no other choice when it is given a pill with ascribed properties. All of this forces the physical body to react to the events taking place in lucid dreaming and recreate the effect in every possible way in the practitioner’s real-life organism. This is a great method.
The physical body is totally fooled, and forced to work in a one way or another, solve a specific problem, or complete a certain task. The key to understanding how this occurs lies in the following fact: the physical body reacts to all experiences in lucid dreaming state as if they were actually occurring in reality, and attempts to physically adapt to lucid dreaming events by trying to create the needed and hitherto insufficient effect.
This is made clear by the following simple lab experiment: when observing a practitioner who is running while in lucid dreaming, changes in breathing patterns are recorded, as is increased heart-rate, elevated blood-pressure, and even blood rushing to the legs. And these are only external indicators. Along with them come the same internal endocrine secretions that would occur if the practitioner were actually running a race. These internal processes can be understood through the following example: taking a shot of vodka in lucid dreaming. One not only smells and tastes the vodka, but also instantly feels the corresponding effect of having a shot, which may partially linger on after having returned to the waking state. But the vodka may have no influence if the practitioner focuses on it having the same properties as water. That is, the vodka itself can thus lose its natural properties. And so, when taking medicine in lucid dreaming, one ought try right then and there to feel its effect, and as intensely as possible.
For a long time, there was no explanation as to how taking medicine in lucid dreaming in the form of placebos could be effective and work. This is especially considering that the practitioner knows that he is taking a placebo, no matter how vivid the sensations and reactions that accompany it. The answer came in late 2010 when yet another test on placebos was performed at Harvard Medical School on patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. The experiment was unique in that the patients knew that they were taking a placebo – that is, a sugar pill. Nevertheless, the group taking the pseudo-medicine experienced nearly twice the symptom reduction as the control group not given anything. And in a 2008 Duke University experiment on placebos, people were given fake pain relievers of supposedly different price ranges. It turned out that the "expensive" pain-killers worked on 85% of test subjects, while the "cheap" ones were effective only for 61 percent. It is interesting to note not only the difference in effectiveness between the same sugar pills, but also that they were so effective to begin with. This experiment demonstrates that it’s actually better to take well-known, well-advertised, and expensive drugs in lucid dreaming in order to obtain maximum effect.
The procedure for self-healing in lucid dreaming through taking medicine is as follows: the practitioner must find (using the techniques for finding objects) specific medicines or create them, and then take them in the usual way, actively trying right then and there to immediately feel the corresponding effect. If it is not possible to feel the primary effect of a medicine, then the most strongly associated side effects ought be felt. The medicine or healing substance itself may take any form: tablets, pills, drinkable infusions, balsams, potions, etc. When a person takes these substances in lucid dreaming, the body will begin to reproduce their effect and associated sensations. In addition, a corresponding reaction will occur at the level of internal bodily functions – the same effect that the medicinal substance was to have brought about. This is all quite simple.
Of substantial significance is the ability to create one’s own remedies with the desired set of healing properties. For example, one can create and take a pill that has been programmed with the finding objects technique to simultaneously treat two or more diseases, even if no such drug exists in the physical world. Meanwhile, it is worth noting the regularity with which invented substances are less effective than existing or well-known ones – this phenomenon is due to practitioners having psychological blocks.
Of course, in most cases it is not enough to take a single dose of a medicine while in lucid dreaming. Therefore, it’s a good idea to go on a kind of treatment regime, taking doses at regular intervals, just as if with a real pharmaceutical prescription. In some complicated situations, it is necessary to take medicine regularly in lucid dreaming over one’s whole life – just as in the physical world.
It is worth mentioning one important item on the subject of dosage: it is in fact possible to still obtain a desired effect without taking any medicine in lucid dreaming. However, it is difficult for a practitioner to make his organism work in the desired way without a supporting anchor. The medicines themselves are what greatly facilitate the activation of the desired self-healing program by acting as anchors. As it turns out, the dosage amount does not have any importance at all. However, it’s better to follow established norms at the beginning of one’s practice, as this activates subconscious programming correlating quantity with quality. Nonetheless, an overdose may have adverse effects. Once a practitioner learns to independently reproduce the effect of medicines on his body, it will be possible to use preparations in minute amounts.
When choosing among various medicines, the question may arise as to whether or not the side effects that many of them have will also occur in lucid dreaming. It can be confidently stated that the incidence of side effects is reduced here by 50 to 100 percent, because as far as the subconscious mind is concerned, any medicine should heal first and foremost. Meanwhile, the body may not be programmed to produce side effects. Given this situation, it is better not to use medicines whose side effects are well known, as in that case side effects may not only arise, but also be dominant when certain technique-related mistakes are made. That is, the medicine may do more to cause harm than to heal in lucid dreaming.
Therapeutic indications. Therapeutic indications for taking any medicine in lucid dreaming know practically no limits. As with obtaining information, lucid dreaming can be employed towards accomplishing any objective or tackling any illness.
Example. Suppose a practitioner catches a bad cold, resulting in the symptoms of headache, runny nose, cough, and fever. He enters a deep stage, and, using the technique for finding objects, finds on the nightstand a box of well-advertised cold relief medicine, the kind that is dissolved into a glass of water. He then goes into the kitchen and drops a tablet into a glass of water, which starts fizzing and dissolving. As soon as the tablet dissolves, he drinks down the entire glass, trying at the same time to immediately feel its effect: warmth courses through his body, a certain feeling of well-being arises, his temperature goes down, post-nasal drip eases, and so on. After returning to the physical world, the practitioner either immediately feels better, or the relief comes gradually from that point on. The procedure is then carried out several times over the course of the next several days. The practitioner may then separately implement a preventative course of treatment, making future colds milder and much less frequent.
Of course, the technique for finding objects can be employed towards a variety of ends. For example, you may find a glass with a cold-relief tablet already dissolved into it, and thus save time.
Effectiveness. For the novice, the effectiveness of taking medicine in lucid dreaming as a means for healing ranges from approximately 50 to 70 percent. That is to say, in the majority of cases there is a clear and stable effect. Considering that pills, for example, are rarely this effective in real life, it turns out that in many cases this is the best of all available ways to heal oneself. For experienced practitioners, effectiveness reaches 90 to 100 percent. It is necessary at times to adjust the regularity with which medicines are taken while in lucid dreaming, as dosage increments are often crucial to optimizing the effect.
Difficulties. There are no substantial difficulties with taking medicine in lucid dreaming. Required here are the basic skills of finding objects and the ability to reproduce medicine’s effect when taking it – this is accomplished by simply deepening one’s desire for this to happen. If this is not achieved on the first try, then it will work by the second or third attempt.
Accessibility. Medicines are the basic means of influencing the organism while in lucid dreaming state. As this technique is both accessible and easy to master, even for novices, one should add it to one’s repertoire right away and try to achieve results from the very first attempts. This is especially true, in view of the technique’s high level of effectiveness.