Hypnosis: Focusing Subconscious on Change
Learn how hypnosis can help you cut back on medications, quit bad habits, and ease stress.
Pain Control Through Hypnosis continued...
Research from Harvard Medical School and other institutions is showing
evidence that hypnosis is indeed a process of mind over body. Studies are
documenting the physiological changes that occur under hypnosis -- activating
certain parts of the brain, including the portion that focuses attention.
In fact, studies have shown pain related to cancer, surgery, back injuries,
and migraines mayÂ respond well to hypnosis.
Hypnosis has been blessed by many mainstream medical institutions, says
Oster, who heads the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In 1958, the
AmericanÂ Medical Association officially recognized hypnosis as a form of
treatment. The American Psychological Association has endorsed hypnosis for a
number of years. In 1995, the NIH announced its support of hypnosis for cancer
pain and other pain conditions.
Growing numbers of insurance companies, including Medicare, have begun
covering hypnosis therapy for pain or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Pain control is just one use for self-hypnosis. Among the others:
Digestive Problems: Chronic indigestion and other symptoms
of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been treated with hypnotherapy.
Recently, a large, long-term study showed that hypnosis provides sustained
improvements in significant numbers of IBS patients. Hypnosis eased abdominal
pain, distention, diarrhea, constipation, and other stomach upsets for many
years -- even after the patients quit doing self-hypnosis.
Most of the patients took no medication or other treatments for their IBS
symptoms. And, since only a couple of medications are approved for IBS, the
drug treatment can be expensive long-term. But for those who tried hypnosis,
the payoff was having a better quality of life. The procedure also dramatically
cut medication expenses.
Hypnosis can also help kids who have chronic stomach pain -- the type of
pain that is real, but unexplained. The problem results in lost time at school,
frequent doctor visits, as well as anxiety and depression, and can last into
adult years. But through a combination approach -- relaxation, guided imagery,
and hypnosis -- it's possible for kids to gain control over their pain.
Panic Attacks: The onset of a panic attack has a cluster of
symptoms: the feeling of intense fear, sense of doom, feelings of unreality,
racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, sweating, shaking, dizziness, nausea,
fear of losing control, tingling or numbness in the hands. Hypnosis has been
shown to help some people find relief from panic attacks.