placebo effect

For Migraines, A Sham Pill May Really Help

Posted on 01/13/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s called the placebo effect — the surprising power of the brain to affect the body when we take a pill we think is medication, even though it isn’t. It’s been found to influence a number of conditions, including depression and irritable bowel syndrome, as Smithsonian magazine noted, but the most recent research concerns the pain of chronic migraines — those severe pounding headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. In the study, published in Science Translational …