Placebo Effect: Belief Based Psychological Treatment

Placebo Effect: Belief Based Psychological Treatment

August 5, 2020 by Prasad Amore0

Your mind can be a powerful healing device when given the opportunity. The belief that your brain will persuade the body that a fake cure is real is known as the Placebo effect. And it has been used for centuries as a healing method.

Medicines or treatment which react to one’s instructions or faith is termed placebo. Pain or physical ailments caused due to psychological reasons can be cured using compulsion or placebo pills.

Misconceptions in Placebo Treatment


Patient’s trust in the treatment, the physician, and the latter’s conduct are factors that add to the placebo effect. The mental state of the patient, who has received temporary stimulus as a result of the doctor’s compulsion, is mistaken by the former as prognosis.

Pseudo physicians easily influence many patients who are in the habit of readily believing things. A majority of people wish for a ritualistic solution to their ailments and problems. They prefer pseudo curing techniques that are either spiritual or mysterious in their approach. Such people tend to claim that these medicines were effective even when it had no real effect on them. Pseudo- physicians make outrageous claims about their mode of treatment.

It is made to believe that prognosis happens when there is a belief in the curing capacity of the medicine being taken. Through strengthening the body’s immunity against the disease, some ailments are healed. But this doesn’t work in the case of deadly diseases. Even when many treatments or medicines are of no use, the misconceptions regarding their healing power are widespread. Big wholesale pharmaceutical companies, sell off their sugar pills and useless tonics using grand advertisement tools.

Influence of Psychological Treatment based Placebo effect in curing diseases


Mental stress is the reason for many kinds of mental illnesses. Asthma, blood pressure, peptic ulcer, some skin diseases, sexual problems, allergy, sleeplessness, menstrual problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, recurring body pain, obesity, etc. are the primary psychological disorders caused by mental issues. Apart from this, people with physical diseases like cancer, epilepsy, stroke, heart disease, hypothyroidism, or Parkinson’s disease might show symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, psychosis, etc.

Almost 25% of cancer patients suffer from depression or anxiety disorders. The treatment for mental disorders seen among cancer patients is termed psycho-oncology.

Certain peculiar behavioral traits are seen among people with psychological disorders: Over expectation and extreme importance to events. Sudden bouts of happiness and sadness. People with less civic sense, depression, sleep-related problems, etc. Categories psychological disorders include anxiety disorders, convention disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, stress-related ailments, Somatoform disorder, and so on.

For people suffering from psychological diseases and those with physical ailments like cancer, treatments for mental loosening are advisable. Certain studies suggest that psychological loosening up can strengthen the activity of immune cells to some extent. Hypnosis Progressive Relaxation techniques, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, etc. are scientific psychotherapy techniques used to treat psychological disorders.

Many illnesses can be cured without any treatment because our body has natural immunity. There occurs a reasonable gradation in the intensity of many deadly diseases or long-suffering ailments. It is easy to mistake it as a cure.

Prasad Amore

Prasad Amore is a Licensed Rehab. Psychologist by RCI, Govt. of India. The 2nd Indian who has achieved the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma through National Qualification Framework of British Government. He is a psychological consultant and trainer helping individuals suffering with mental health issues and other psychological problems. He is a freelance writer and authored 5 books in Psychology and Social Science.

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