Hypnotherapy in medicine The subconscious approach to healing

“Hypnosis makes no claim that it can cure physical illness. Hypnosis simply has the ability to stimulate the human mind to it’s fullest potential to cure the body. Each person’s mind has the ability to make the condition better or worse. Depending on the given strength of that person’s mind and how advanced the medical condition is the expected outcomes will change.

For example, doctors and others have seen people give up and die quickly thereafter. Doctors and others have also seen people fight and survive much longer than expected. It has also been observed that some people recover completely.

We generally accept today that humans use about 5% of their brain day. That is simply referred to as the conscious mind. The subconscious mind makes up the remaining 95%. Everything other than cognitive thought is subconscious. This includes the regulation of hormones, body temperature, pain management, blood flow, and other functions that can be manipulated with modern medicine. Antibiotics and antiviral medicines are excluded because they deal with foreign organisms.

In short medicines that effect how people feel only mimic what hypnosis does naturally. However the manual administration of medicine may exceed the body’s natural ability to produce it on it’s own.

Unlike administration of medicines, there are no side effects with hypnotherapy because nothing is being introduced into the body.”

This is a quote from a wide ranging paper that John Krukowski C.H. presented to the Science Department at the Ministry of Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006. It discusses how hypnotherapy is effective in assisting the healing of many illnesses, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis and Pain Management.
John also touches on Hypnooncology, mentioning a programme called “I CAN”, at the La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange Illinios.

To read the complete presentation, Click Here

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Hypnotherapy and Stress Management

We feel Stress when we react to events; the stuff going on around us, some of which might affect us in both positive and negative ways.

It’s the body’s way of preparing to meet challenges with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. Our bodies often react this way even when what we’re anticipating we expect to be a good thing.

These things going on in our lives that induce a stress reaction are called stressors, and they cover a whole range of situations — everything from outright physical danger to making a class presentation or taking a semester’s worth of your toughest subject. Even going through customs on our way to an overseas vacation can induce stress, even when we know we have done nothing wrong.

The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.

Click here to read a very useful, easy to read, information sheet created by Austin Gastro in Texas, (USA) with tips on how to handle the stress in our lives, and how hypnosis can be a powerful tool in reducing the negative effects of too much stress.

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Hypnosis and Weight Loss

In this meta study, a study of studies, published in  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1996. Vol.64, No. 3, 517-519, it was found that  weight loss programmes that included hypnosis resulted in significantly greater amounts of weight reduction.

“In a 3rd meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies, and computational inaccuracies in both previous meta-analyses were corrected. Averaged across posttreatment and follow-up assessment periods, the mean weight loss was 6.00 Ibs. (2.72 kg) without hypnosis and 11.83 Ibs. (5.37 kg) with hypnosis. The mean effect size of this difference was 0.66 SD. At the last assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 Ibs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 Ibs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis…”

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Hypnotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a “syndrome,”  meaning a group of symptoms.

The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. IBS affects the colon, or large
bowel, which is the part of the digestive tract that  stores stool. IBS is not a disease. It’s a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn’t work, or function, correctly.

IBS effects around 5 – 11% of the population and is more common among females.

It’s also becoming increasingly common in children.

Several university studies have shown hypnotherapy to be highly effective, both in the treatment of IBS and in the management of its often painful and distressing symptoms.

Click here to read an article about extensive work done by the university of Manchester (UK) on the use of hypnotherapy.

It’s important to note, however, that Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the University’s Medical School and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, has developed a training programme for hypnotherapists to treat IBS.

If you are considering hypnotherapy to address this quite common but extremely unpleasant disorder, you should make sure that your therapist has completed the training programe and has been certified to work with IBS patients.

You can find a useful booklet produced by the US National Institute of Health here

Click here to go to the Conditions Page for IBS

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Demystifying Sports Hypnosis

In ‘Sports Coach’ Volume 27, Number 1, an Australian Sports Commission publication, Michelle Paccagnella,  a Sports Psychologist, ACT Academy of Sport, explains the use of hypnosis to improve sports performance.

For some time, hypnosis has been an accepted component of psychotherapy, medicine and dentistry. While there is a well-documented history of hypnosis being used in sport, it is not commonly discussed nor promoted as a useful technique for athletes. However, there now appears to be a resurgence of interest in the use of hypnosis in sport.

Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool for athletes for both therapeutic and performance-enhancement
purposes. Read on

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Evidence Based Hypnotherapy For Depression

The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis describes how cognitive hypnotherapy (CH) is a comprehensive evidence based hypnotherapy for clinical depression.

This article describes the major components of CH, which integrate hypnosis with cognitivebehavior therapy as the latter provides an effective host theory for the assimilation of empirically supported treatment techniques derived from various theoretical models of psychotherapy and psychopathology. CH meets criteria for an assimilative model of psychotherapy, which is considered to be an efficacious model of psychotherapy integration.

The major components of CH for depression are described in sufficient detail to allow replication, verification, and validation of the techniques delineated. CH for depression provides a template that clinicians and investigators can utilize to study the additive effects of hypnosis in the management of other psychological or medical disorders. Evidence-based hypnotherapy and research are encouraged; such  a movement is necessary if clinical hypnosis is to integrate into mainstream psychotherapy…  Read more

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