Many people criticize Sarno and others because they are not "mainstream." (Sarno is even more open to criticism because he thinks you can't understand somatoform disorders without an appreciation of Freud.) But the mainstream approach to pain management is to get people addicted to pain killers, often resulting in their deaths.
Still skeptical about psychological approaches to treating medical conditions? (Good!) Check out: 1) MRI study reveals that there is no association between degree of spinal abnormalities and degree of reported pain; 2) clinical controlled study shows that 32% of hypertensive patients able to stop taking blood pressure medication after an 8 week course in stress management; 3) Meta-analysis shows that males who have had a heart attack and subsequently receive psychotherapy are 43% less likely than heart attack survivors in a control group to have a second heart attack, and 27% less likely to die during the ensuring two years. Psychotherapy saves lives!