Real or fake – 5 fascinating facts about the placebo effect
Placebo treatments have no therapeutic value, but due to the mysterious nature of human psychology they can produce some clinically significant benefit. Why and how does it work? Let's learn the truth.
But more recent research showed that placebo may have a significant physical effect as well. For example, when we take a placebo, our body releases endorphins, which may reduce pain and provide other healing effects. Of course, more research is needed to prove and evaluate the physical effects of "sugar pills".
Those who knew the details (the last group) experienced similar pain relief as those who didn't know they were given a placebo, while the group that didn't know additional info about the pills didn't feel any better. This means that the placebo effect can still work even if the patient knows the truth, provided that they also understand the way placebo influences their system.
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