A placebo is an inactive drug or fake treatment that is designed to appear real to the person taking it. Sometimes patients feel better just believing they are receiving treatment. Researchers often use placebos to study this phenomenon and understand the true effectiveness of active ingredients. Placebos show how much the mind can impact the body.
The term placebo generally refers to something that appears to be a real medical treatment but is not supposed to affect the patient's health. Although placebos may look like medicine, they do not contain an actual drug or active ingredient. Placebos are sometimes called "sugar pills," though they do not necessarily contain sugar. They contain various inert injectable or ingestible substances such as saline solutions. Placebos can also refer to therapeutic rituals.
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