a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.
The placebo effect used to be considered an annoying variable that needed to be controlled in clinical trials. Now have researchers realized that it wasn’t just an error, it was the key to understanding the healing that arises from the power the mind.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School are now studying what exactly happens.
Program in Placebo Studies and Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center just got a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The reality of medicine is that it can work even without medicine.
And it has already worked in trials for irritable bowel syndrome, chronic low back pain, and episodic migraine attacks.