Feel No Pain: Study shows brains release endorphins after placebo given
Hypnotherapy Portland, Oregon: Feel No Pain: Study shows brains release endorphins after placebo given
According to a University of Michigan study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, patients who believe they are taking painkillers feel better, even if there truly is no medication in their dose. The study involved 14 healthy men from 20 to 30 years of age.
Researchers gave the study participants a salt water injection that caused jaw pain. Then the participants were told they were being given a painkiller when actually it was a placebo. The participants were asked questions and their brain activity monitored and evaluated.
Each of the participants released more natural painkilling endorphins from their brains after being given the placebo. Nine men were classified as high placebo responders and five were classified as low placebo responders. By monitoring the brain activity after placebo was given, researchers were able to determine the mechanism behind placebo.
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