Mind Therapy: How Self-Hypnosis Can Affect Your Health
A conversation about mind therapy may have resulted in the old saying, “Heal thyself!” Modern
medicine is now realizing the need and purpose of using self-hypnosis to help
with certain medical illnesses. Self-hypnosis can be a wonderful mediator between the mind and body.
When you utilize your subconscious, or habitual, mind to give
your body signals that are positive and healing, you may be able to do more
about an illness than you can by passively taking pills or having surgery.
Some conventional treatments for certain conditions just don’t
work or cause more damage than good. Self-hypnosis uses the incredible powers
of the mind to visualize and make suggestions that are more apt to help both
immediately and for the long-term solution.
The mind/body connection
Self-hypnosis allows a practitioner or a patient to use the
mind/body connection to promote healing. As you’re in a relaxed state during
self-hypnosis, you’re better able to influence parts of your body and mind that
just isn’t possible when you’re in a conscious state of mind.
You can actually ease pain and encourage healing by practicing
self-hypnosis. The American Cancer Society is finding that self-hypnosis is a
very effective way for people receiving treatment for cancer to control many
side effects, including pain, nausea and weight loss.
Physicians are also finding that burn victims can ease the
excruciating pain of burns through visualization and suggestions that are
created in self-hypnosis. Other illnesses and symptoms such as IBS (Irritable
Bowel Syndrome) and respiratory problems can be effectively treated with
self-hypnosis, as well.
In a recent study (1999), a Harvard psychologist found that
broken bones healed faster with the practice of self-hypnosis and childbirth is
undergoing an amazing turn around by using the techniques to lessen the fear
and the pain of childbirth.
Build up your immunity
Besides healing and restoring health where a problem exists,
it’s also possible to become healthy and resist illnesses with self-hypnosis.
You can retrain your brain to help you exercise more, resist foods that are bad
for you, stop smoking or alcohol consumption and even control your hormones.
You can boost your immune system and stave off colds and flu
more readily. (On a side note, I practice self-hypnosis every day. It’s been
years since I’ve been sick!)
Science has just broken the surface on what self-hypnosis can do
for our mental and physical health and well-being, but before it can make a lot
of headway, old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis must be dispelled.
Hypnosis can’t make you do what you don’t want to do, but it can
make you more receptive to suggestions you receive from your habitual mind that
you access while hypnotized. It can become a powerful way to treat
illnesses in the future.