Whether you know you’re taking a placebo pill or not, it will still have a beneficial effect, new research has revealed (Is the rationale more important than deception? A randomized controlled trial of open-label placebo analgesia.)
Scientists from Harvard University and the University of Basel prescribed a group of minor burn victims with a “treatment” cream, telling only some of them that it was a placebo.
After the cream was applied, both groups reported benefits, despite the placebo cream containing no medicine.
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On the subject of Open Label Placebos, here’s a link to research on their efficacy in chronic lower-back pain.