Mysterious until recently, the phenomenon – a placebo – in recent times has attracted more attention, resulting in new research and new scientific data. The consequence of this increased attention is the understanding that the placebo effect – it’s not a side effect of drug treatment procedures, and one of the main factors improvement of the person, regardless of the nature and specifics of the disease. Apparently, it is the placebo effect behind so-called “miraculous” cures, apparently, is “on” mechanisms of the placebo effect leads to a self-healing and samovyzdorovleniyam even if the most serious diseases. By definition, the placebo effect (The name comes from the Latin word placebo – correct) – a positive change in the physiological and psychological state of a person after taking a harmless drug (eg, tablets, pacifiers or postal water), appointed under the guise of a new and powerful drugs. By analogy, also determine the nocebo effect (suggestion of a negative effect, such as pain).
The very definition points to the key psychological mechanisms of the placebo effect – a suggestion, autosuggestion, expectation and belief. But medical science knows very little about the biological basis of psychological phenomena, and perhaps that is why conventional medicine refers to the the placebo effect at best indifferent. But it was not until recently. Today, the veil of secrecy placebos begins to rise. Firstly, now firmly established that the placebo effect is not one of some mechanism a set of different mechanisms, which are somehow related to the work of our brain.