Research On Placebo Treatment And Placebo Effects

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Review of Literature Theories are constantly being tested on the effect placebos have over the human mind; research on placebo treatment and the placebo effect has increased exponentially. Researchers have a found a variety of ways to test the effect on people in order to figure out new levels of treatment. If researchers were to figure out that the usage of placebos treats or lowers the pain index in patients with different medical conditions, the standard of technology in medicine would raise to a whole new degree. The placebo effect is when the placebo treatment itself, which is considered an ineffective “dummy-pill”, actually works in effecting the human mind. A placebo is as effective as your mind makes it to be. If a person …show more content…
Mostly researchers test a treatment versus a placebo to see which is more effective. In most cases the placebo is more effective. When this occurs it is clear that a revision is needed in the actual treatment. Another method researchers use is a double blind placebo. It works in reducing bias amongst the research by limiting the patients from knowing what they are consuming. The conductors of the research do this in order to make sure that the research is as accurate as possible. The more knowledge of the intake of placebo the patient has, the less accuracy the research obtains. The last most common theory used amongst research conductors is the use of an open label placebo or placebos without deception. These placebos are often referred to as dummy pills, in which have absolutely no effect, medically over the patient, but psychologically, do. The placebo, although medically doesn’t have an effect, does mentally. The placebo treatment manipulates the mind into thinking the treatment reduces pain and heals conditions. If the body believes that the medicine it is ingurgitating is legitimate, it will trick itself into thinking it is consuming real medication. The psychology of the mind is set up to believe what it is told. There are theories known as the “white coat effect” that says that when a doctor (typically wearing a white coat) enters a room it is common for a patients blood pressure to rise automatically. There is a trigger in the brain that, due to the
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