Well, actually it's not a miracle. It's perfectly natural and scientific. We are just not aware of how powerful the mind really is, or of the tremendous healing abilities it possesses. I would go as far as to say that medical hypnosis is the broadest and most versatile of all the healing tools available today.
Unfortunately, this tool cannot be dissected and analyzed by our standard scientific methods and so this wonderful gift has been pushed to one side, and more tangible tools have been given preference.
However, many skilled hypnotists, recognizing their art and science to be the ideal way to tap into the mind's unlimited potential, have been researching and exploiting this fascinating modality for many years. We can call this field 'Medical Hypnosis'. Medical Hypnosis has a very long history.
So what is Medical Hypnosis,
and what can it do for you?
Simply put, Medical Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis to assist physical healing. The American Medical Association has acknowledged that about 70% of illness starts in the mind. Some doctors estimate that figure should be at least 90%! This is known as psychosomatic illness. It can be caused through suggestion, or by mental stress and attitudes that weaken the body's delicate defense mechanisms.
Doesn't it seem obvious that if the mind can be the underlying factor for so much illness then it should also be able to heal that illness? Of course! I cannot begin to imagine why the health professions give so little attention to this obvious conclusion. Well, things are changing - slowly...
The field of psycho-neuro-immunology is the popular name given to research and therapy that uses the mind's latent healing abilities. It has been clearly shown that your thoughts and moods can cause changes in hormone and neurotransmitter levels (neurotransmitters are chemicals that communicate between your cells, controlling many of your body's processes). The brain and its chemicals interact with every other part of the body.
This knowledge is not new. Andrew Schalley and Roger Guillemin received the Nobel Prize in 1977 after showing how the brain uses neurotransmitters to 'give orders' to the body. Research at Michigan State University has demonstrated that a single cell can be controlled by how we think. Our state of mind plays a very important role in our body's susceptibility to illness and its ability to heal itself.
Since the body is controlled by the brain, and the brain is so easily influenced by the mind, it follows that we can influence our body through the mind. Hypnosis allows us access to our subconscious mind, and is therefore the best tool for this purpose. As our subconscious is ultimately 'in charge', hypnosis allows us to truly be in control of ourselves, with access to the unlimited potential of our minds. When this potential is used for healing the results can often seem miraculous. However, the results are perfectly natural.
Many scientific hypnosis demonstrations have baffled the minds of the audience. Warts can be made to vanish. Ice can create heat blisters. Bleeding from various pin pricks can be turned on and off at will. People walk on red hot coals without burning. Strength can be increased many times. These demonstrations are just to show the incredible potential we all have. Medical hypnosis uses these powerful and proven principles to enhance our healing abilities.
Medical Hypnosis has many favorable qualities. It is totally safe and non-invasive. There are no unpleasant side effects. It generally costs only a fraction of standard medical treatment. Also, it can safely complement other therapies, and often enhances the results. Often when I work with medical or naturopathic doctors, chiropractors etc. their patients show positive results only after I use Medical Hypnosis. This is because the mind has the ability to block treatments from working.
Here is a brief list of some of the more common conditions Medical Hypnosis has been used for:
Allergies Duodenal ulcer Pain
Asthma Eyesight Sexual problems
Bed wetting Hair loss Skin disorder
Blushing Headaches/Migraines Sports improvement
Body building Immune Strengthening Stammering
Breast enlargement Insomnia Twitching/Ticks
Childbirth Menstrual problems Warts
The list could go on for ever! If you have a problem that you think Medical Hypnosis might help with please do call me to discuss it. You already have tremendous healing power. My job is to help you utilize it. Some problems may need diagnosis or referral from your Doctor.
Because of the hypnotized subject's amazing ability to control pain, Medical Hypnosis can also be used to create analgesia or even complete anesthesia! Thousands of successful major surgeries have been performed without any anesthetic at all - just using hypnosis! There is a long history of this. Also, recovery periods after surgery or illness can be shortened. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is true - and scientifically proven.
I hope you now understand that hypnosis is THE way to get your subconscious to improve your healing abilities and strengthen your immune system. The results can be extremely fast and truly amazing. If you want to consider using Medical Hypnosis or need more information then please do give me a call. There's no pressure or obligation. If you want to schedule an initial meeting I'll demonstrate how your subconscious mind works, and how easily it can easily be changed with my hypnosis methods.
The below is an article that goes to show the pain people suffer from migraines can be controlled by suggestions. Now just imagine how much more powerful those suggestions become when given under hypnosis by an experienced professional!
Article - A new study of migraine sufferers suggests that what you're told when your doctor prescribes medication can influence your body's response to it. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston compared the effects of a common migraine drug and an inactive placebo in 66 people who suffer from migraines. The condition includes throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
The results consistently showed that taking the pills accompanied by positive information increased the effectiveness of the treatment, whether the patient had taken the real deal -- the drug Maxalt -- or a pill labeled "placebo."
Headache specialist Dr. Andrew Charles said the study demonstrates that expectation about response plays an important role in the ultimate response to a treatment.
"When migraine patients were told by their doctor that a pill would help ease their headaches, this advice seemed to produce results whether or not the pill was a real migraine medication or a dummy placebo," said Charles, professor and director of the headache research and treatment program in the department of neurology at University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.
"Relief was still higher with the actual medicine, so drugs do work beyond the placebo effect, but the researchers say that the placebo effect may still account for half of the therapeutic value of a drug," said Charles, who was not involved in the research.
For the study, published online Jan. 8 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists studied more than 450 migraine attacks in the study participants, following them over seven separate episodes.
To establish a baseline, each person was asked to report their pain and symptoms 30 minutes after the onset of an unmedicated migraine episode, and again 2.5 hours after its onset.
Each participant then received six treatment envelopes. The envelopes were labeled in one of three ways: "Maxalt" (rizatriptan); "placebo"; or "Maxalt or placebo." The labels were true for four attacks and false for two attacks.
The three situations were labeled by the researchers as positive (meaning a drug that could help with migraine symptoms was provided), negative (meaning no drug, only a placebo pill was provided), or neutral (meaning it was unknown if the drug or placebo pill was within the envelope). But for two situations, one of the "Maxalt" envelopes actually held a placebo and one of the "placebo" envelopes contained Maxalt.
The participants were asked to self-report their responses to treatment over the course of their next six migraine episodes.
Dr. Ted Kaptchuk, a senior author of the study, said that even though Maxalt was superior to the placebo in terms of alleviating pain, "we found that under each of the three messages, the placebo effect accounted for at least 50 percent of the subjects' overall pain relief."
When Maxalt was labeled "Maxalt," the patients' reports of pain relief more than doubled compared to when Maxalt was labeled "placebo," said Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard. "This tells us that the effectiveness of a good pharmaceutical may be doubled by enhancing the placebo effect," he said.
When patients received Maxalt labeled as placebo, they were being treated by the medication but without any positive expectation, the other senior author, Rami Burstein, a professor of medicine at Harvard, said in a Beth Israel news release. "This was an attempt to isolate the pharmaceutical effect of Maxalt from any placebo effect," Burstein said.
The authors were surprised to find that even when patients were given a placebo labeled as "placebo," they reported pain relief, compared with no treatment.
"We don't know what that's about. It's a novel finding," added Kaptchuk.
Charles said the study was interesting and confirms what many experts believe about the placebo effect. "It's more rigorous than perhaps a number of the other studies that have been done previously," he noted.
Could these results play out across the spectrum of medical care?
"Obviously we don't know, we only looked at migraine," said Kaptchuk, "but I think that in many categories of illness and drugs, this would be proof of concept.
"This is likely to be operating in many other conditions, especially in conditions like nausea or irritable bowel syndrome, where a person's illness is defined by self-report," he added. "Self-reporting is a big part of what people feel."
More research will be needed to explore how these findings could be applied to clinical care and to learn more about how placebos might help boost drug treatment care, Kaptchuk said.
Some research has suggested that simply hearing the words of medicine can have a healing effect, he noted.
The study was partly funded by Merck and Co., the maker of Maxalt.
A number of elite competitors, including Tiger Woods and Nick Dougherty (golf), Andy Cole, Jerzy Dudek and Nathan Redmond (soccer) and Ben Cohen (rugby union) have successfully reported using hypnosis to aid their preparation and sport performance.
And hypnosis is an effective technique in many domains (including medicine, dentistry and psychology) that can bring about meaningful changes in individuals’ perceptions, thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Despite these positive examples, the term ‘hypnosis’ is shrouded in misconception, myth and apprehension, because most views of it are influenced by stage shows. These often suggest hypnosis is a controlling technique as participants are made to engage in strange and often embarrassing behaviours.
So what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis typically combines the procedures of visualisation, relaxation, and hypnotic suggestions (words and metaphors about how a person would like to think feel or behave) to bring about changes in an individual client or client group (e.g. a sports team).
For example, an athlete suffering from low levels of self-confidence about running after a long-term injury would be presented with positive suggestions focused on thoughts and feelings about his or her successful running performance before injury. Suggestions are usually presented to clients following hypnotic induction and deepening phases based around imagery and relaxation. Once a person is relaxed, suggestions are more readily accepted by long-term memory enabling change to take place. Participants may also learn to go through such procedures themselves during self-hypnosis.
But does hypnosis work?
Research exists on the use of hypnosis in relation to pain relief in both medicine and dentistry and as an alternative to anaesthetic in open-heart surgery and in dental extractions. In relation to sport psychology, Dr Jamie Barker and Dr Marc Jones from Staffordshire University studied the effects of hypnosis on sport performance. Their research has consistently revealed hypnosis to be effective in helping athletes to develop and maintain the appropriate mind-set needed for optimal performance, along with increasing their actual performance.
During preparation hypnosis could be used for relaxation and to focus an athlete’s mind, therefore reducing muscle tension and aiding concentration. The presentation prior to and during competition of positive suggestions about the feelings and emotions that relate to performing successfully may increase the likelihood of the athlete experiencing increased motivation and feelings of confidence and may reduce anxiety too.
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