Placebo effect and the mind


Article reads: Patients with irritable bowel syndrome benefited from taking a dummy or sugar pill, even when they were told what it was. The three-week trial involving 80 female patients found that those taking the placebo had significantly higher overall improvements in their condition, reduced symptom severity and adequate relief compared with those receiving no treatment. Confused? This may be the key: The patients in the placebo group were told that the sugar pills they took “have been shown in clinical studies to produce significant improvement in IBS symptoms through mind-body self-healing processes.”

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