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Placebos and Pain

According to a study published in PAIN, the Medical Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain on October 13, 2016, placebos can produce real benefits beyond the psychological trick placebos are known for creating.

Research revealed that the pain medication group experienced a nine percent reduction in usual pain, a sixteen percent reduction in maximum pain, and no reduction in disability.

Research also revealed that the placebo group experienced a thirty percent reduction in both usual and maximum pain, and twenty-nine percent reduction in disability.

The study results arrive at the same conclusion as a similar study published two years ago that also studied the effects of placebos on pain reduction and disability.

http://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/publishahead/Open_label_placebo_treatment_in_chronic_low_back.99404.aspx

SUGGESTED READING

http://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/2015/12000/Increasing_placebo_responses_over_time_in_U_S_.27.aspx

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002570

http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2015/01/28/WNL.0000000000001282

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/22/the-power-of-placebos/

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-placebo-effect/