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How placebos work

... is still not quite understood. It is a way for your brain to tell the body what it needs to feel better

It involves a complex neurobiological reaction that includes everything from increases in feel-good neurotransmitters, like endorphins and dopamine, to greater activity in certain brain regions linked to moods, emotional reactions, and self-awareness. All of it can have therapeutic benefit. 

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Is the idea that your brain can convince your body a fake treatment is the real thing. And it is more than positive thinking.

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Placebos are not all about releasing brainpower. You also need the ritual of treatment. 

You have to go to a clinic at certain times and be examined by medical professionals in white coats. You receive pills and undergo procedures. All this can have a profound impact on how t...

For years, a placebo effect was considered a sign of failure. A placebo is used in clinical trials to test the effectiveness of treatments and is most often used in drug studies.

More recently, experts have concluded that reacting to a placebo is not proof that a certain treatment...

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