RX for Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis has been around on the entertainment circuit for many years. We have been dazzled with the odd behaviors of those who were put into a trance. Ultimately leaving us in awe and sometimes horrified as people have provided entertaining displays of behavior, such as quacking like a duck, chirping like a bird, or clucking like a chicken. Whenever I provide hypnosis, one of the first things that I am asked is, “how much control do I have?” And, questions like, “I won’t do anything weird, will I?” My response is always; you will never have as much control as you do during hypnosis! There is a reason for this that I will explain.
Rarely do we integrate ourselves so completely to operate within our daily lives, that is using both our left and right side of the brain. Most of us live on the left side of the brain of order, organization, sorting, and other logical thinking that we might function to our highest level. This helps us in our work, during our family and our social lives. Some are more able to integrate and straddle the fence, because they meditate, do art or other types of activities that expand us. Even so, it is more difficult to center in these activities when some situation creates havoc in our lives, bringing new challenges, anxiety and stressors.
Hypnosis can be helpful during those times to relax the mind and body, allowing us to perform more effectively, reaching out to spirit to assist us and guide us. We’ve known about hypnosis as an aid to behavioral change, such as smoke cessation, weight reduction, but there are other uses. Hypnosis can benefit the body in many ways and over time, new credibility is forming for the technique as science studies hypnotherapy as a field, offering many new ways to use this resource. While many see the results of hypnosis play out in the spiritual arena with meditation, visualization, and later past life and spiritual regression, however, the medical community has also been researching the use in various ways.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York analyzed eighteen clinical studies and revealed that hypnotherapy had significant moderate to large pain-relieving effects of the user! Studies also show that patients are able to decrease medication considerably after surgery. I can personally attest to this, after major surgery to remove a piece of my lung, I went 12 hours with just a self-hypnosis tape as my only medication. The nurse had “forgotten” my meds, of course he was severely reprimanded for this, but the lesson for me was hypnosis works! I have gone on to use hypnotherapy in my practice with great success.
Not only does hypnosis work after surgery, but also when practiced before surgery, the long term effects of suggestion provided to the subconscious housed in the right brain, are remarkable. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that using hypnotherapy before breast surgery reduced the amount of medication required “during the procedure.” The study also found that hypnotherapy helped reduce pain and nausea after the surgery.
In addition to process of surgery, the preliminary procedures can be daunting and painful. When approaching procedures such as an MRI many experience feelings of claustrophobia and other procedures may create anxiety and fear. Hypnotherapy as a therapeutic technique, is shown to have incredible results, both on its own and when used as a complement to traditional medicine. In 1958, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical use of hypnosis. A short time later, in 1960 the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology.
Since then, the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the British Medical Association report that studies have shown that hypnosis can be a valuable tool when dealing with a wide range of medical issues. Ultimately, we have far more power then we give ourselves credit for, so honor that power and use it for your good.