Can You Trick Your Brain When it Comes to Pain?

So secrecy is unnecessary for the placebo effect?

(Telegraph) Placebos work even when people know they are fake

The mind really does possess its own healing power, according to a study that found dummy pills work even when patients know they are fake.

Described as the “placebo effect”, patients have long been known to show improvements when given bogus drugs and told they are real. The phenomenon was thought to result from the body being tricked into producing an effect by itself that would have been brought about by the drugs.

However the new study challenges this assumption. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that placebos work even when the patients are explicitly told they are not real.

They believe the simple “medical ritual” encourages the brain into activating the healing process in the body.

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