Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Placebo Effect

The placebo effect (also known as non-specific effects) is one of the controversial phenomenons where it is said that the belief system of a patient can heal or at least lessen the symptoms quite a length, if it is changed moderately and accordingly.

It is still controversial if a placebo effect exists. As some report that it is nothing but a pseudo mental condition that the sufferer create out of his willingness to show the gratitude to the caregiver and act that way, whereas no significant physiological change is observed. But in some cases, it is seen that one person suffering from acute pain in his body, get relieved after any ritual, for example.

Though studies still haven’t found any significant cause behind this behavior, but it has been proved in research that a significant neural activity is present during placebo effect.

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Originally published in Blurtit.com on 24th September, 2006 20:36
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