In today’s society, most people turn to pills to help heal a physical or mental problem. However, for the last few years, there has been a new movement that comes from an old school. It is the art of hypnosis – the power of suggestion to help over come and heal problems through the healing of the mind.
Aurore Marcou, an anesthesiologist at the Institut Curie and lead author of the study, explains that fMRI scans show hypnosis affects the cerebral mode of the brain. “The physiological state is associated with heightened receptivity for suggestions and ability to modulate the sensory perceptions,” she writes in an email. Doctors can effectively use hypnosis to get patients to disassociate from the nervous system’s response to harm. “Suggestions of analgesia [the inability to feel pain] lead to a higher pain threshold and decrease in subjective pain intensity as well as pain unpleasantness,” she adds.
On another not so formal note, hypnosis is also used to over come physical conditions such as weight loss or stress management as told by WXYZ Detroit News:
If you think hypnosis is mainly used to put volunteers in a trance to entertain an audience, think again. More doctors are using hypnotherapy to treat patients with stomach problems.
“Some of the symptoms that I was experiencing were abdominal pain, diarrhea,” said John Martin.
Martin was having stomach issues that wouldn’t go away.
After trying medical treatments and talk therapy, Martin decided to get hypnotherapy as a last resort.
Hypnotherapy is now being used to treat many digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and heartburn.
At least one study involving IBS reported an 80% success rate.
Farmington Hills psychologist Dr. Carolyn Daitch with the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders said it appears to work because many of the processes that happen in your gut go up to the brain and vice versa.
“There really is a nervous system in the gut. So, if we’re anxious, if we’re worried about something, if we’re stressed – and who isn’t – you’re prone to having stomach problems,” said Dr. Daitch.
While some people might be hesitant to be hypnotized because of what they’ve seen in movies or on TV, Martin said he was willing to try.
Granted, he was also hesitant initially. But he quickly overcame any doubts.
“You are truly just in a state, a completely normal state. But you feel different, and you lose track of time. I did feel very safe,” Martin explained.
Hypnotherapy is still considered alternative medicine, but it’s supported by a number of scientific studies. And an increasing number of hospitals are using it.