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Medical Hypnosis

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Medical Hypnosis

There are many medical uses of hypnosis.  Are we saying that  hypnosis is a cure for cancer? No. But it’s effective in alleviating the nausea and the fatigue experienced from undergoing chemotherapy. Hypnosis won’t cure an impacted wisdom tooth, but it most definitely can and is used to perform a root canal painlessly. We’re not advancing hypnosis as a cure for organic conditions such as diverticulitis, but 85% of those diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), experienced dramatic improvement in their condition and in most instances became symptom free when hypnosis was used as the therapy. Why is this? Because many complaints and symptoms, if not of a completely emotional nature, emotions are a significant component.  Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are an example of other syndromes that respond to hypnosis.

Hypnotism’s roots are traced back to the study and practice of medicine in the 1700s and 1800s. Dr. John Elliotson (1791-1868) professor of surgery at University College in London, inventor of the stethoscope, used hypnosis to perform over 1,834 painless surgeries. Dr. James Esdalie (1808-1859) performed over 300 major surgeries including 19 amputations using hypnosis as the sole anesthetic. Most early hypnosis practitioners were doctors. When charlatans began using hypnosis along with their snake oil in medicine shows, some doctors disassociated themselves from hypnosis.

The misrepresentation and portrayal of hypnosis continued in the Lon Chaney and Bella Lagosa movies where one is purported to be under the control of someone else, until 1958, when the American Medical Association again recognized hypnosis as a viable therapy.

Why is hypnosis so effective for many ailments including IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, dentistry, and the side effects of chemotherapy? It’s because the body’s healing and pain mitigation take place in an area of the subconscious mind just as digestion does. You eat a meal – the body digests it without any cues from you! You get a cut – the body heals that cut! You break an arm – the body heals the arm! The setting of the arm by a doctor only makes sure that the break is aligned properly when the body heals itself! The subconscious mind is quite capable of healing the body.

Some of the medical issues that can be helped through hypnosis are:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Firbromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Habit Cough
  • Conversion disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Pain Management

If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain or a syndrome, call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a complimentary consultation.


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