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Hypnosis in the News

Hypnotherapy is becoming one of America's most popular self-healing modalities.

NaturalNews recently provided me some very interesting data on the effectiveness of hypnosis, as follows. It's fascinating to consider the healing properties of what so many consider hocus pocus!

NaturalNews April 2013

The validity of therapeutic hypnosis as a complementary modality is becoming recognized, as studies prove brainwave activity changes with hypnotic depth. As we move from the high-energy beta wave state to the slower theta waves, we experience perceptual and physiological changes; for example our eyes flutter, breathing is more rhythmic, the body is relaxed and time is distorted.

Interestingly, children and animals tend to reside in the alpha/theta waves, thus are more intuitive and emotional. According to Crawford, a prominent researcher in the hypnotic field, different parts of the brain are activated during hypnosis - some increasing from 13%-28%. Preliminary results also suggest the reward pathway in the brain involving dopamine is stimulated. In fact, research using fMRI shows that hypnosis requires more mental effort, hence individuals are in a heightened state of awareness.

The power of hypnosis coupled with suggestion changes belief systems by reframing the meaning we place on experience. William Tiller, a former Professor Emeritus at Stanford University aptly states, "What we give meaning to we become."

Studies on the effects of hypnotherapy abound, for example, those tested positive for tuberculosis using the Mantoux test method were able to inhibit the test reaction following hypnotic suggestion. Interestingly, the use of cooling images for burn victims greatly increased speed of recovery. Hypnotic suggestions given pre and post surgery reduced the need for excessive anesthesia and medication.

This clearly shows that hypnosis has a neuropsychoimmunological effect on the individual; highlighting its versatility, encompassing far more than it's traditional uses for habit management, fears and weight loss. So what allows us to delve into this part of ourselves? Consciousness is defined as awareness. How many of us are completely aware of every waking moment?

Quantum physics suggests that we are the creator of our own realities; it is our expectations and intention that creates the space around us. Indeed, William Tiller has researched the effects of intention on experimental outcome. In one study he demonstrated it was possible to repeatedly alter the acidity or alkalinity of water using intention. If this is evident with water what does this mean for the human body? We are 70% water after all!

This finding should have you on the edge of your seat, for it tells us that we are more powerful than our beliefs suggest and we significantly impact our lives and those around us. We do not live in a vacuum rather we are entangled one mind with another on a quantum level. Moreover, our emotional minds and physical bodies are tightly intertwined, thus we are co-creators not victims. Society conditions us to believe ego is our true essence.

This conditioning builds our expectations and belief system based on illusion. Consciousness is the beauty of being human. It's what gives the matter of which we are made the innate intelligence to create. Furthermore, consciousness is found in the animal, plant and microbial kingdom albeit at differing levels.

So if our cells have consciousness what information can we tap into using hypnosis? Consciousness is the energetic thread of our existence. Hypnosis therefore is the gateway to finding our authentic selves.

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‘Researchers’ at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York showed that a 15 minute hypnosis session reduced side effects.... in patients undergoing breast cancer operations.... After their surgeries, the women who had hypnosis experienced less pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort and emotional upset than their counterparts (who had talked to a psychologist who listed and offered supportive comments only) and these differences were substantial."

ABC News Medical Unit, August 2007

Studies show hypnotherapy helps relieve symptoms and reduce pain for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. “Patients who responded well said they took fewer drugs and did not need to see their doctors as frequently after receiving the hypnotherapy instruction.”

Alternative Therapies, July 2007

Hypnosis highlighted as a tool for pain control and healing...

PBS Special, the New Medicine, April 2006

“Hypnosis as an alternative to sedation is making a comeback in the operating room... Hypnotized patients recover more quickly, with less pain and with fewer side effects.”

Times, "Mind over Medicine", March 27, 2008

Swedish researchers recommend hypnotherapy as first treatment of choice for Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

CNN, May 2004

Children who had been hypnotized in trials reported they had less pain from medical procedures as well as cancer-related pain.

“In one study, ‘All (40) children who used hypnosis with a local anesthetic felt much less pain than children who were just given the local anesthetic.’ Also adult cancer patients placed under hypnosis show few cancer-related symptoms such as nausea vomiting and pain.”

BBC News, October 2004

“A growing body of research supports (hypnotherapy) as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain.”

Newsweek September 27, 2004

A meta analysis of 20 controlled studies found that patients who received hypnotherapy before or during surgery fared better than 89 percent of patients in control groups. Among the benefits were reduced anxiety, pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting, less blood loss and shorter hospital stays.

Anesthesia and Analgesia, June 2002

“No longer regarded as mere hocus-pocus, it's been shown as an effective means of helping people quit smoking, shed pounds reduce stress and end phobias.”

Jane Pauley Show, September 8, 2004

Out of 100 pregnant woman who participated in a Hypnosis and Breech Conversion in Lake Pregnancy study, 81% experienced conversion with hypnotherapy.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, November 2004

“New findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed recovery in a variety of illnesses.” The article went on to talk about numerous studies of the successful use of clinical hypnotherapy. One such being, Harvard researcher Carol Ginandes, found that patients with fractured ankles who used hypnosis for accelerated healing, “healed weeks faster than usual.”

The Society of Gastroenterology Journal Gut published the first long term study of hypnotherapy as treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Their study showed that 71% of people who used hypnosis were relived of symptoms. Also, most sustained positive results for up to five years.

Yoga Journal, October 2004

Eighteen studies showed that clients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn't.

O Magazine, August 2004

Hypnotherapy is increasingly being used in mainstream medicine, thanks to mounting evidence that “it” works, as well as research showing how the human brain responds to hypnosis.

Andrew Weil Self Healing Newsletter, August 2004

In a study done last year, women receiving cosmetic surgery were separated into three groups. The group that did hypnosis before and after surgery healed faster felt less discomfort and had fewer complications.

Better Homes & Gardens, February 2004

“Hypnosis can...improve breathing for some asthmatics, prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and ease various skin conditions...”

Good Housekeeping, March 2003

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