Placebo effects and healing through belief system
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... Effects and Healing through Belief System Introduction A common unintended outcome of positive belief or faith in clinical practice or medical treatments, the ‘placebo effect’ serves an important function in all therapeutic processes. Although a universal and simple fact, placebo effect is difficult to define, partly due to its absurd character (Proctor, 2005, p. 294). However, the ‘void’ of the placebo is not really a ‘void’ at all: it is the effect of the cultural setting, meaning, expectancy, hope, belief, and faith on healing. Placebo effect is defined by anthropologist Daniel Moerman (2000) as “desirable psychological and physiological effects of meaning in the treatment of illness” (as cited...