WHAT IS A PLACEBO?
A placebo is anything that seems to be a “real” medical treatment but instead is an insignificant solution or substance that only provides a “fake” treatment. Placebos have an active substance that is not harmful and often beneficial for health.
A fake treatment improving a patient’s condition is manipulated by the expectation and the power of positive thinking that accompanies the belief of receiving a medication. Placebos have measurable physiological effects that speeds up pulse rate, increases blood pressure and improves reaction rates.