Reconsidering the placebo response

Published: December, 2010

Acupuncture studies provide new insights into how treatment context affects outcomes.

In scientific studies, the term placebo usually refers to an inert pill or procedure that serves as a comparison to an active intervention (typically a drug or psychotherapy). Now a handful of acupuncture studies not only provides additional evidence that a placebo itself can have dramatic impact on illness, but also suggest that the context in which an intervention takes place can bolster the placebo response.

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