For people dealing with medicine, the word placebo may mean many things. I remember what F. K. Yap told me. He brought some rodent tuber plants to show a patient in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. A young doctor rebuked him. “The efficacy of the plant had not been proven”. However, for Yap, this tuber was the very plant that had saved his life and made him cancer-free! (Note: a classical case of theory vs. practical wisdom). The doctor said: “For all that you know,it was just a placebo.” This remark means that the curative effects of the tuber are not real and are just a matter of suggestion to the emotional mind. When said in the context of traditional medicine, the remark may also imply “fraud, bluff, imagination or even an attempt to cheat or take you for a ride.”Placebo means “to please” in Latin. When patients come to see their doctors, chances are that they will respond to the doctors’ treatment, as long as they believe in the doctors and their drugs. The drugs could only be sugar pills or mere plain water. They still work! That is the placebo effect. For example, when you see a doctor… Read full this story
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