Hypnosis in the Medical Community?

Hypnotherapy has made great strides within the medical community as a powerful form of alternative healthcare. Hypnotherapy provides the patient with the ability to heal their mind and body on a deeper level. By harnessing the power of the subconscious, which represents 88% of our mind, patients are able to heal from the inside out. Medical research has shown higher recovery rates post-surgery, a decrease in fears relating to medical procedures, a decreased need for post-operative pain medication, and an increase in the overall mood and wellbeing of the patient.

For non-medical uses, hypnotherapy plays a significant role in helping individuals problems such as: fears, phobias, nail biting and other behaviors that lack explainable causes. Stress in modern day society has taken a toll on our bodies, and when our innate function of fight or flight is suppressed, those tensions (including nervousness, anxiety, stress) can cause mild to severe body syndromes ranging from nail biting and scratching, stomach issues, sleep problems to even head aches. By releasing these tensions and giving the individual a subconscious means of dealing with the problem, the mind becomes the biggest asset to healing rather than its greatest opponent.

Additionally, hypnotherapy plays an important role in the continuity of care following medical diagnosis. When patients are prescribed new life-style changes, such as diets, regimens, and routines, there can be a period of resistance within the subconscious mind. Resisting these life-sustaining measures can lead clients back into illness. While the medical treatment has been completed, many patients are left on their own to support these drastic life-style changes, making hypnotherapy the perfect adjunct for the medical community. By changing the subconscious associations that clients have about their new diets, regimes, and routines the continued success of the doctor’s care and clients health is supported.

The patients’ health is everyone’s primary goal. By recognizing the potential of the subconscious mind in the process of healing and creating changes, Hypnotherapy can become a greater proponent for the patients’ health. The medical community is slowly adopting this option as a supplement to traditional medical solutions.

Is Hypnotherapy Integrated Medicine?

While idea of hypnotherapy is nonconventional, its success is derived directly from the outcome of its users. These users range from cancer treatment patients and pain management seekers, fertility clinics, to nail biters, and people looking to decrease and manage stress and anxiety in their lives. Whatever the reason for utilizing hypnotherapy this mind and body approach taps into the subconscious mind, which is later used to treat the person, not just the presenting issues or disease. While hypnotherapy is still labeled as nonconventional, it should be emphasized that in the realm of mainstream medicine the term complimentary medicine is becoming increasingly popular in describing it. Be it as a standalone treatment or as an adjunct to medical treatments, its uses are vast and inspiring.

Complimentary and alternative healthcare: are those practices not commonly used within Western medicine. While there is certainly a time and a place for conventional western practices, there is a whole realm of complimentary and alternative services that can be provided to clients to help in their preventative, occurring, and sustainable care.  Some of these alternative and complimentary healthcare practices include:

  • Acupuncture includes the insertion of small needles below the skin, and may include the application of heat, pressure, or massage.  This ancient technique is based on the belief that a force (or energy) called “Qi” flows throughout the body. When our Qi becomes blocked sickness and illness may occur. By unblocking this energy the body can restore its proper flow and balance to the body.
  • Chiropractic’s includes the manipulation of the neuromusculoskeletal system to return the body to alignment in order for the body to remain balanced in order to achieve the vitalistics of innate intelligence. Chiropractic treatment techniques include manual therapy, as well as, the manipulation of the spine,  additional joints, and soft tissue.
  • Homeopathy works on the premise that “like cures like.” Simply stated, it holds that a disease can be cured by a substance that is known to produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. This notion also includes the “law of minimal dose,” which outlines that the lower the dose of this prescribed treatment substance the more effective it will be. Many of the homeopathic remedies that are prescribed are derived from plants, minerals, and animals and are prepared as gels, drops, creams, ointments or tablets.
  • Hypnotherapy at deals directly with the subconscious mind in order to focus on the interactions of the brain, mind, body and behavior. By tapping into the subconscious mind to create positive changes, clients are able to affect their physical functioning and promote health. By understand the power of the subconscious mind, which is built from known associations gathered from birth, hypnotists can help clients create new associations whereby, putting the past into perspective while increasing their overall sense of wellbeing and balance.
  • Massage Therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general well-being.
  • Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to treat various problems such as headaches, muscle and rheumatic pain, digestive disorders, skin conditions, or stress and anxiety.  These concentrated oils that have been distilled from a variety of natural substances may be inhaled or massaged into the skin.