Mechanism for the Placebo Effect

Several theories have been proposed for the mechanism of the placebo effect.

N. Vadivelu et al. (eds.), Essentials of Pain Management,

DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-87579-8_11, © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Table 11.1 Partial list of conditions in which the placebo effect has been shown to be effective.

ADHD Anxiety Asthma BPH

Chronic fatigue Crohn's disease Depression Epilepsy

Erectile dysfunction Ulcers Headache CHF




Parkinson's Psoriatic arthritis Reflux

Ulcerative colitis Multiple sclerosis

ADHD = attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, BPH = benign prostatic hyperplasia, CHF = congestive heart failure.

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