Can patient`s way of thinking play a significant role in a medical treatment? Scientists documented that even size or colour of a fake medicine convince us about its power, and promise favorable effects. The human element is also a key. A patient’s sense of the competence and warmth of their practitioner, and their comfort in the treatment setting „a fancy, prestigious medical school”, which provides a healing. On the other hand; when we are told about possible side effects of the drugs, we may have them.
Researchers have been recently studied placebo and nocebo responses and have founded the great link between positive or negative expectations and treatment outcome.
What does it mean placebo and when it is used?
Basically placebo means “I shall please”, and it is sometimes called “sugar pill”, because it has no medical effect on the body. Placebo is a pill, a shot or some other type of fake treatment. Researchers use placebo during studies to help them understand what effect a new drug or some other treatment might have on a particular condition. For instance, some people in a study might be given a new drug to lower cholesterol. Others would get a placebo. None of the people in the study will know if they got the real treatment or the placebo. Researchers then compare the effects of the drug and the placebo on the people in the study. That way, they can determine the effectiveness of the new drug and check for side effects.
How does the placebo work?
Placebo response is a neurobiological reaction for a fake drug: for example the brains of people given placebos for pain medication have been shown to release naturally occurring opioids, which provide actual pain relief. Research has shown that anticipation stimulates the brain’s reward system, just as opioid drugs do.
Is placebo safe for diabetes?
All the placebo-controlled trilas are safe and concern ethical standards.