fastpedaller wrote:Evidence enough from my viewpoint, having seen her suffer for years (and she had done since puberty), that Placaebo and/or Hooeopathy work. If it means paying someone 40 quid to convince the patient's brain, and it does the job then it's a bargain.
The point being made higher up is similar to point I was making earlier, which is "does homeopathy work?" and "do people get better after homeopathic treatment?" are two separate questions.
As has been pointed out, homeopathy doesn't do any better than placebo. It is, I suspect, not entirely coincidental that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine score at... no better than placebo. So what we seem to have here is where it's some not-understood mental switch that needs to be flicked there's no particular reason to suggest a general recourse to homeopathy over TCM or whatever. What any given patient seeks out will probably reflect their own particular hopes, beliefs and psychology, but that puts things on to an individual basis and now we're at an individual basis it removes any general point of "you should try homeopathy". I suspect I
probably shouldn't, but if there's something where I can visualise a working mechanism I'd probably react better to that (I'm guessing, I don't have a control and there's only one of me, so it would be difficult to tell).
Placebos are very
odd. They seem to have clear effect in some cases even when the patient knows they're placebos. There's also the nocebo, which is negative effects from negative assumptions. It's a pity that as an apparently part-psychological effect you can't just decide to get better, or that tap-water or a bar of chocolate will do the job for you.
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