I’ve thought for a while that it could lessen or get rid of emotional or mental issues such as stress, but can it actually dull physical pain?
Did you know that when cats purr, it does more than just signify the feline’s contentment? It actually helps them overcome injury and pain too.
Perhaps this is our equivalent of that. Maybe when we experience AIE, it helps with the emotional impact of pain and injury, or takes our mind off of it – mind over matter. Perhaps because of the alleged released of dopamine or serotonin.
Other people claim that it causes them to have increased tolerance to pain, which perhaps explains why when they have an itch or something they ignore it and let it be, because it doesn’t affect them as much.