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Is it All in Your Head? Placebo Study Reveals Some Migraine Patients Really Don’t Need Medication

Could knowing you’re taking a placebo pill cure migraines? Research shows that may be a possibility — and that some patients may not really need drugs.

Doctors say placebo pills, which are actually sugar pills that don’t do anything at all, can cure some of the most common medical conditions — including some migraines.

In one specific study, migraine sufferers were told they were given a placebo, and their pain level was reduced by 30%.

(Related: Is Migraine Relief Possible Without Medication?)

Why this phenomenon?

Doctors say there are psychological reasons at work; that placebos can activate the same neurotransmitters as many powerful drugs.

“The body has an internal pharmacy for certain kinds of conditions,” says Dr. Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard University.

However, Kaptchuk notes there are limits to the placebo effect.

“We’re not gonna shrink a tumor with a placebo pill,” he added.

(Related: Aspirin Shown to Help With Withdrawal Headaches, Medication Overuse)

But for some conditions, it could fundamentally change the way patients are treated.

Pills and painkillers are NOT a part of our pain management therapy at Pasadena Pain Management. Still, our treatment program is proven effective — especially for specific types of migraines, headaches, neck pain or issues related to TMJ pain.

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About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.