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How does the placebo effect works?

How does the placebo effect works?

Psychological: Some of my patients get better simply when handed the prescription! the power of "belief" is absolutely mind-boggling. Recognizing that "the secret" involves "intention" can really empower you and enable you to overcome all manner of resistances, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. The mind is an amazing instrument! ...Read more

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Placebo (Definition)

Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component ...Read more


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Is it possible that the placebo effect be used to create a new class of drugs?

I don't think so: because placebos are placebos. There are ethical considerations when giving an unknowing patient a placebo. ...Read more

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How is it proven that cool scultiping really work and not just the placebo effect?

Cryolipolysis: This is not yet mainstream. The idea is that if fat beneath the skin is frozen, it will tend not to accumulate there in the future. It's done specifically to remove love handles or bumps in particular places. The fda permission doesn't mean it works. You'd do better to diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Is it true the moon affects your mood? Sometimes i feel low around a full moon, but is this just a placebo effect because i see it? What can I do?

Is it true the moon affects your mood?  Sometimes i feel low around a full moon, but is this just a placebo effect because i see it?  What can I do?

Funny you should ask: Ever wonder where the word lunacy came from ? (lunar = moon). When i worked on an inpatient psychiatric ward, it was pretty common to have a number of admissions at the time of a full moon. What to do? Live a balanced life. Seek therapy if it is too overwhelming. ...Read more

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Does placebo effect applies in bodybuilding?

Maybe: For athletes, there is a matter of confidence and drive. The placebo effect may provide the motivation to stay committed to the program, follow the necessary diet, and stress the muscles enough to build them to the desired size. The placebo will not cause the muscles to bulk up, but the psychological effect may be just as effective. ...Read more

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Does antebuse work because of a placebo effect?

Does antebuse work because of a placebo effect?

No: In a sense, the fear of an disulfiram-alcohol reaction is a deterrent, stopping people from drinking. That is what it is supposed to do. However, if you drink on antabuse, most people find that the violent nausea, vomiting, worst headache of your life, flushing, low blood pressure and even fainting is far from a placebo effect. There are better drugs to stop craving - Campral and naltrexone. ...Read more

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Why do band-aids reduce pain? Or is it just a placebo effect?

Why do band-aids reduce pain? Or is it just a placebo effect?

Bandaids: They protect the wound from the environment and by doing so minimize the pain producing stimuli that may occur from abrading the area, exposing it to moisture, toxic materials, temperature changes, and so on. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture actually effective or is it just a placebo effect?

Is acupuncture actually effective or is it just a placebo effect?

Well-proven effects: Acupuncture wouldn't so popular if it was a merely a placebo. Many research studies prove acupuncture effective for back & neck pain, headaches, post-operative nausea, COPD, arthritis, improving success of in-vitro fertilization etc. Research also shows it increases endorphin & hormone release, activity of some parts of the brain & stimulates blood flow. See http://www.acupuncture.com/research/ ...Read more

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Does vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty actually have better results compared to sham procedures/placebo effect? (referencing an article in nejm aug 2009)

Does vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty actually have better results compared to sham procedures/placebo effect? (referencing an article in nejm aug 2009)

Yrs: I have read this study my opinion is badly flawed I have done thousands of these my impression was it worked wonders but only on new fractures not all wedges are new fractures it works if the diagnosis of acute fracture is correct it won't fix chronic back pain from spondylitis or low backache from saggital plane imbalance it will fix new terrible pain after a fall that shows increased single mri. ...Read more

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Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

No doubt about it.: Broken heart syndrome http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20034635 Asthma flares Japan overwork syndrome (Kar?shi) http://www.research.vt.edu/resmag/sciencecol/AFDC95.html Then, there's examples in the non-industrialized world like voodoo death. I've seen several life-threatening situations entirley from emotional stress. ...Read more