Hypnosis as Sole Anaesthetic for Ankle Surgery
An article in the March 2011 volume of the British Journal of Anaesthesiareports on the case of a 62-year old patient who had ankle surgery with only self-hypnosis as an anaesthetic. The patient induced his hypnotic state in the operating theatre, on the operating table.Read more
Eric Willmarth, PhD, past president of APA Div. 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis), says interest in clinical hypnosis is growing and more psychologists are learning how hypnosis can help their patients. “It goes in waves,” he says. “Right now, we’re on an upswing.” Read more . . .
Brendan L. Smith. (Jan 2011). Hypnosis Today. American Psychological Association Monitor, Vol 42, No. 1, pages 50-52.
Hypnosis Improves Patients’ Pain Experience
November 22, 2010
The diagnostic term “functional abdominal pain” is used for recurrent stomachaches with no anatomical or infectious explanation. Scientists are coming to understand that abdominal pain is transmitted by a specialized nervous system that may be hypersensitive or hyperactive in some children. “The vast majority of data suggest that what helps the children is working with the brain more than working with the gut,” according to Dr. Carlo Di Lorenzo, a leading pediatric gastroenterologist and a professor of clinical pediatrics at Ohio State. “Hypnosis is clearly more effective than medication.”
Prominent physicians are suggesting ways to cut health care costs, including this one: “Plenty of studies now show that integrative medicine works very well. For example, a study conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that when women participated in a hypnosis session before breast surgery, they required less pain medication and experienced less nausea and emotional upset than the control group. Patients in the hypnosis group also cost the hospital $772 less overall. That’s an example of how a simple technique can help patients and reduce costs.” Submitted by Dr. Woodson Merrell, M.D., chairman, department of integrative medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.
Children Can Greatly Reduce Abdominal Pain by Using Their Imagination
Children with functional abdominal pain who used audio recordings of guided imagery (a treatment method similar to self-hypnosis) at home in addition to standard medical treatment were almost three times as likely to improve their pain problem, compared to children who received standard treatment alone. The research, published in the November 1 issue of Pediatrics Journal, included children from 6 to 15 years of age, and treatment effects were sustained over a long period. Functional abdominal pain is very common, affecting up to 20 percent of children, according to the researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center.
Hypnosis Creates a Distinctive Brain Pattern
Current research is documenting the effect of hypnosis on a very specific function of the brain called the ‘default mode’ network, the mental processes that make up fantasy, imagination, daydreams, reconstructing the past, and reverie. This network is active when individuals are engaged in internally-focused tasks including autobiographical memory retrieval, envisioning the future, and conceiving the perspectives of others. The findings, to be published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, indicate that hypnotic induction creates a distinctive and unique pattern of brain activation, especially in highly suggestible subjects. [McGeown, WJ, Mazzoni, G, Venneri, A, & Kirsch, I. (Sep 24, 2009). Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity. Consciousness and Cognition (Epub ahead of print).]
Oprah Winfrey Does Show on Past Life Regression Therapy
Check out the following link to read about Past Life Regression from Brian Weiss on the Oprah Show, May 13, 2008. The second half aired on June 17, 2008.
Hypnosis: The Power of Mind Control
A six minute segment on Good Morning America aired February 26, 2008, focused on “Hypnosis: The Power of Mind Control.” The piece observes Buddhist monks in Tibet, free divers, and a woman having a Ceasarian childbirth without anesthesia. Host Diane Sawyer interviews Dr. David Speigel, psychiatrist at StanfordUniversity, and Dr. Herbert Benson, HarvardMedicalSchool. This is a good, no-nonsense look at the power and usefulness of hypnosis.and is available on the ABC News website:
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