Placebos reduce biomarkers in the brain of emotional distress, even when a patient knows they are taking one.
According to a new study, placebo sugar pills appear to relieve pain as effectively as medication for almost half of patients who suffer chronic pain. Researchers report those with chronic pain who received sugar pills felt a 30% reduction in symptoms.
Researchers have discovered a way to make neurons respond to placebos. They believe the findings could be used as a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Researchers report people who participated in mindful meditation received more pain relief than those who used placebo meditation techniques and creams.