Are there placebo narcotics

The images (fMRI scans) that were created with functional magnetic resonance imaging also showed that the activity of the nerves in the spinal cord was significantly reduced in the participants.

So there was actually no pain for the nerves, which is why the body felt less or no pain - even though real pain was being inflicted on it.

This means that when you take placebos, the brain not only hides the pain, but specifically that there is less pain. Placebo drugs can therefore reduce the transmission of pain in the spinal cord and therefore definitely have a pain-numbing effect.

The body's own substances reduce pain

Nevertheless, the scientists still cannot explain how the sham treatment or how the belief of the sham treated study participants could have an effect on the nerves in the spinal cord.

They suspect that the body reacted to the sham treatment by releasing its own painkillers.


(1) Science is a weekly American scientific journal with an estimated total readership of 1 million. (2) The central nervous system consists of the nerves of the brain and the spinal cord.


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