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Medical Hypnosis

Have you been searching unsuccessfully for the answer to a condition, problem or symptoms?   Perhaps conventional medicine has failed to offer you a solution so far?

Traditional medicine focuses on physical symptoms, yet solutions for unexplained, persistent or even common physical problems can be found within the body and/or mind.

Many people, including doctors, tend to think hypnosis is for psychological problems. However the power of hypnosis has been proven with numerous physical and mental conditions, from the simple removal of warts to painless surgery.

Why is medical hypnosis different? And how does it work?

Even simple stress relief with hypnosis can have enormous benefits. When you remain calm and relaxed under hypnosis it can help to enhance and build the immune system, reduce blood loss, minimize bruising and swelling, this helps promote recovery, reducing or eliminating chemical pain relief.

When the mind and body work in harmony, it can deliver truly incredible results. The subconscious mind not only contains all your thought, feeling and emotional patterns, but it also controls all your bodily functions. For example, you do not need to think about breathing, blinking or your body temperature being the correct temperature; the subconscious does this automatically for you.

By working with the subconscious, changes can be made by working with your body and mind to bring about incredible changes.

Changes in your thoughts can make physical changes in your body.  Just as powerful, the power of belief can have a powerful effect on your mind and body.  For example many pharmaceutical treatments benefit from the placebo (belief) effect.

With hypnosis we are able to tap into the power of the subconscious and address the root cause of the problem and suggest the subconscious make changes within the body to enable healing.

Painless surgery proves the power of medical hypnosis

Historically, medical hypnosis was identified with surgical anesthesia and with removal of symptoms. One such Pioneer – James Esdaile, (1808-1859) probably performed more surgery using hypno-anesthesia than anyone else to this day and was able to bring the mortality rate down during his operations compared to other surgeons of the time. Hypnosis fell out of favor with the invention of Chloroform in 1847.

More recently, Dr Jack Gibson, who graduated from Royal College of Surgeons Dublin in 1933 and enjoyed a career that spanned some 50 years as a surgeon, carried out over 3,000 medical procedures, including many major operations, such as amputations¹. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

Furthermore, hypnosis can be used effectively pre and post operatively to speed up recovery and promote healing. In 2007, a well publicized research proved hypnosis to be effectiveness in the treatment of breast cancer surgery patients. The study found women who received a brief hypnosis session before entering the operating room required less anesthesia and pain medication during surgery, and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort after surgery than women who did not receive hypnosis. The overall financial cost of surgery was also significantly less for women undergoing hypnosis.²

Medical hypnosis is not used as a diagnosis or a replacement for medical advice. It can be used as an effective method to reduce symptoms and complications. Medical hypnosis uses techniques that address lifestyle behaviors and choices that are detrimental to your health and well being. When it is used in conjunction with medical procedures, or as an alternative, it can have a powerful and lasting effect.

¹BMJ, 18th June 2005. ²Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Sept. 5, 2007. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Sep 5;99(17):1304-12. Epub 2007 Aug 28

Health and Healing Quotes and Articles

Hypnosis is the fastest, most effective way to achieve lasting positive results.
Dr. Bee Epstein-Shepherd
Ph.D. Psychology
D.C.H. (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy)

It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t used hypnosis successfully, everything from quitting smoking to IBS.”
– Good Morning America, 9/10

“Hypnosis can help. A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain.”
– Newsweek, 9/04

“In [hypnosis], you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes.”
Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institute of Health
– New York Times, 6/02

“…throughout the medical mainstream, it’s common to be used for addiction…and psychotherapy.”
– Diane Sawyer,
Good Morning America, 6/02

“Hypnosis is simply a refined form of applied imagination,” says Donald F. Lynch Jr., MD, a urological oncologist at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, who has used the technique to help patients alleviate the pain, anxiety, and depression associated with cancer.

“Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever”
– Consumer Reports, 1/05

“Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institutes of Health.”
– The Capital (Annapolis, MD), 4/04

“[Hypnosis] has been used to counter the nausea of pregnancy and chemotherapy; dental and test-taking anxiety; pain associated with surgery, root canal treatment and childbirth; fear of flying and public speaking; compulsive hair-pulling; and intractable hiccups, among many other troublesome health problems.”
– The New York Times, 11/08

“…hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds.”
– Consumer Reports, 1/05

“Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology…. Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders…”
– Business Week, 2/04