Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Migraine Headaches and the Remarkable Power of Placebos

It's one of our most powerful medical treatments, and certainly our most widely-effective. In recent years, it's been found to help treat or reduce the symptoms of clinical depression, irritable bowel syndrome, panic attacks, coughing, ADHD, restless leg syndrome and erectile dysfunction, among other conditions.

The latest study to demonstrate its remarkable effectiveness was published today in Science Translational Medicine. In it, the treatment was administered to people who chronically suffer from migraine headaches and found to be just as effective as rizatriptan, one of the most widely-used migraine drugs.

This name of this wonderful treatment? It's the placebo effect, the remarkable power of the human brain to unconsciously influence the functioning and perception of the body.

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