Research 

Speaks about the value of Hypnotherapy.

University of Maryland Medical Center:

 

What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnosis?

 

Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings -- from emergency rooms to dental offices to outpatient clinics. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.

 

Hypnotherapy can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel before medical or dental procedures. For example, studies show that dental patients who underwent hypnosis had a significantly higher threshold for pain than those who were not hypnotized. Hypnosis may also improve recovery time and reduce anxiety and pain following surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing. Other studies show hypnosis results in decreased use of pain medication, higher pain thresholds, shorter hospital stays, less surgical intervention, fewer complications, and a more satisfying birth experience among women in labor. Generally, clinical studies show that hypnosis may reduce the need for medication, improve mental and physical health before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover. Dentists also use hypnotherapy to control gagging and bleeding.

 

A hypnotherapist can teach you self regulation skills. For instance, someone with arthritis may learn to turn down pain like the volume on a radio. Hypnotherapy can also be used to help manage chronic illness. Self hypnosis can enhance a sense of control, which is often lacking when someone has a chronic illness.

 

Clinical studies on children in emergency treatment centers show that hypnotherapy reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort.

 

Other problems or conditions that may respond to hypnotherapy include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome Tension headaches Alopecia areata

  • Asthma

  • Phobias

  • Insomnia

  • Addictions

  • Bedwetting

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Phobias

  • Labor and delivery

  • Skin disorders -- such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema (atopic dermatitis) Stress

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) Cancer-related pain

  • Weight loss

  • Eating disorders

  • Warts

  • Indigestion (dyspepsia) Post-traumatic stress disorder

 

Taken from the University of Maryland Medical Center website. For the entire article click this link below:

 

https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/hypnotherapy

 

Published September 19, 2013

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

The Mind Prepared: Hypnosis in Surgery

 

Cancer is a disease that hijacks patients' attention. Those coming for diagnostic surgery are understandably anxious about the outcome. They are thus hyperattentive to every pain and its possible implications. The operating room is a novel environment, and humans have evolved to pay special attention to new and potentially threatening situations. Thus, a means of redirecting attention while using the brain to induce physical relaxation rather than promote muscle tension can be especially helpful to cancer patients during their initial surgery. It is now abundantly clear that we can retrain the brain to reduce pain: “float rather than fight.” Esdaile would have been proud to read this issue of the Journal. He might even have said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is no humbug.”

 

David Spiegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

 

For the entire article, click the link below:

http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/99/17/1280.long

Published August 28, 2007

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