Hypnosis in Media

Hypnosis Resource: Hypnosis In Media

Here you will find a selection of excerpts from hypnosis media articles.

Hypnosis in Media – BBC NEWS 16 November 2009

Hypnosis has ‘real’ brain effect

Hull University researchers say that hypnosis has a very real effect on the brain that can be picked up by brain scans.

Hypnosis in Media – New Scientist 15 May 2009

The Science of Voodoo, When Mind Attacks Body.

The idea that believing you are ill can make you ill may seem far-fetched, yet rigorous trials have established beyond doubt that the converse is true – that the power of suggestion can improve health. This is the well-known placebo effect. Placebos cannot produce miracles, but they do produce measurable physical effects.

The placebo effect has an evil twin: the nocebo effect, in which dummy pills and negative expectations can produce harmful effects.

Nocebo effects are also seen in normal medical practice. Around 60 per cent of patients undergoing chemotherapy start feeling sick before their treatment. “It can happen days before, or on the journey on the way in,” says clinical psychologist Guy Montgomery from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Sometimes the mere thought of treatment or the doctor’s voice is enough to make patients feel unwell. This “anticipatory nausea” may be partly due to conditioning – when patients subconsciously link some part of their experience with nausea – and partly due to expectation.

This means doctors need to choose their words carefully so as to minimise negative expectations, says Montgomery. “It’s all about how you say it.”

Hypnosis might also help. “Hypnosis changes expectancies, which decreases anxiety and stress, which improves the outcome,” Montgomery says. “I think hypnosis could be applied to a wide variety of symptoms where expectancy plays a role.”

Hypnosis in Media – New York Times 3 November 2008

The Possibilities in Hypnosis, Where the Patient has the Power

“In effect, hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind. It 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.”

Hypnosis in Media – Newsweek International 4 October 2006

Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works and what it does in the brain.

Reports on the successful use of hypnosis for a wide range of conditions from panic attacks to chronic pain, back spasms, quit smoking, irritable bowel syndrome and as an alternative to sedation during invasive medical procedures.

Hypnosis in Media – Prevention Magazine 7 February 2006

The Healing Power of Hypnosis

The latest research shows that it eases pain, speeds healing, increases fertility, even fights cancer.

A funny thing is happening to hypnosis, long a feature of vaudevillian routines: It’s becoming respectable, working its way into premier research hospitals, medical journals, and doctors’ offices throughout the US.

An increasing number of physicians are using hypnosis to ease patients through childbirth, angioplasty, chemotherapy, breast biopsy–even full-on surgery. Hypnosis is helping people get over fractures, burns, migraines, asthma, fibroids, peptic ulcers, and skin disorders. The same techniques practiced by ancient Egyptians 2,000 years ago and “discovered” by Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer in the late 1700’s are now scoring impressive results in medical experiments across the United States, Europe, and beyond. Mind, it seems, really can overcome matter.

“If somebody told you there was a medication that could treat 100 different conditions, didn’t require a prescription, was free, and had no bad side effects, you wouldn’t believe them” says Harvard Medical School psychologist Carol Ginandes, PhD. “I don’t want to sound like a snake oil salesman, because hypnosis is not a magic wand. But it should be made available as a supplementary treatment for all patients who could benefit. Right now.”

Hypnosis in Media – Business Week 2 February 2004

There’s Entrancing News about Hypnosis.

It’s gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hypnosis in Media – The Wall Street Journal 7 October 2003

Major Hospitals use Trances for …Fractures, Cancer and Burns, Speeding Surgery Recoveries

Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The new findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to helprelieve pain and speed recovery in a variety of illnesses.

At the University of North Carolina, hypnosis is transforming the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, and often-intractable gastro-intestinal disorder, by helping patients to use their mind to quiet an unruly gut. Doctors at the University of Washington’s regional burn center in Seattle regularly use it to help patients alleviate excruciating pain. Several hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School are employing hypnosis to speed up post surgical recovery time. In one of the most persuasive studies yet, a Harvard researcher reports that hypnosis quickened the typical healing time of bone fractures by several weeks.

These days, legitimate hypnosis is often performed by psychiatrists and psychologists, though people in other medical specialties are becoming licensed in it, too. It can involve just one session, but often it takes several – or listening to a tape in which a therapist guides an individual into a trance-like state. Whatever the form it is increasingly being used to help women give birth without drugs, for muting dental pain, treating phobias and severe anxieties, for helping people lose weight, stop smoking or even perform better in athletics or academic tests. Many health-insurance plans, even some HMOs, now will pay for hypnosis when part of an accepted medical treatment.

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