While conventional medicine and dentistry save and improve lives daily, the use of complimentary hypnotherapy can relieve suffering, speed recovery from injury, regain health from disease and prevent illness. Hypnotherapy reduces immunosuppressive stress and helps to transform limiting beliefs or attitudes that hinder healing. Evidence based data to support the use of hypnosis in healing is on the rise. A few researched areas include:
1) Hypnosis in Contemporary Medicine: An article by James H. Stewart, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
2) Pre-Operative Use of Hypnosis: Using hypnosis to prepare patients for surgery has been found to significantly reduce pain/discomfort and reduce the amount of pain medication required, which in turn reduces the overall recovery time.
A major study of preoperative hypnosis for breast cancer surgery patients was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, (JNCI Vol. 99, No 17), September 2007. This study used only a 15-minute pre-operative hypnosis session. The results showed:
- The hypnosis reduced costs to the institution by $772.71 per patient.
- Hypnosis reduced the time in surgery by an average of 10.6 and also showed a significant reduction in use of pain medications.
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3) Post-Operative Use of Hypnosis: Using hypnosis to assist patients in recovering from surgery appears to reduce immunosuppressive anxiety and depression, improve sleep and reduce hot flashes.
One study, done on hot flashes in breast cancer surgery patients, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, (Vol 26, No 31), November 1, 2008: 5008-5010, found that: "Hypnosis appears to reduce perceived hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and may have additional benefits such as reduced anxiety and depression, and improved sleep.”
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4) Pain Control During Procedures: Hypnosis has profound positive effects on pain and reduces anxiety during invasive procedures.
One randomized trial conducted on “Adjunctive non-pharmacological analgesia for invasive medical procedures” was studied by Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, PMID: 10801169 (PubMed); Lancet, 2000 Apr 29; 355 (9214): 1486-90, and revealed that hypnosis “is superior” to intraoperatively standard care and structured attention. “Hypnosis had more pronounced effects on pain and anxiety reduction.”
5) Hypnotherapy for Treatment of Overactive Bladder: A Pilot Study
For the full study, go to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4575591/
6) The Efficacy, Safety and Application of Medical Hypnosis: A Systematic Review of Meta-analysis
7) Reduction of Stress, Distress and Duration during Procedures: During invasive procedures hypnosis can be useful in reducing emotional trauma, lowering distress levels, support the ease of conducting the procedure and significantly reduce procedural time.
One study conducted on children by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, concluded that “Hypnotic relaxation may provide a systematic method for improving overall medical care of children…these findings augment the accumulating literature demonstrating the benefits of using hypnosis to reduce distress in the pediatric setting.” The findings concluded to “have immediate implications for pediatric care” and “were consistently supportive of the beneficial effects of hypnosis – a noninvasive intervention with minimal risk.” PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No 1 (1 January 2005)
DISCLAIMER: Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Lisa Smole does not practice medicine, dentistry or psychotherapy and her services are not a replacement for psychotherapy, psychiatric, medical or dental treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, or psychological or mental health condition.