Mending the Mind is Integral to Healing the Body 
Research shows Hypnosis supports contemporary medicine
Here is what the Mayo Clinic and others say about hypnosis.

The Mayo Clinic concluded in 2006 that, “the acceptance of hypnosis as a mode of treatment in medicine is increasing as a result of “careful, methodical, empirical work of many research pioneers”. The National Institute of Health issued a statement published by the American Medical Association in 1996 indicating there was “strong evidence for the use of hypnosis in alleviating pain associated with cancer”. The American Medical Association as early as 1958 came out and said that there is are “definite and proper uses of hypnosis in medical and dental practices”. The American Psychiatric Association, in 1961 issued a position statement that indicated that, “hypnosis has a definite application in the various fields of medicine”.

The following is a peer-review medical journal sponsored by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and authored by physicians worldwide and released in April 2006 that evaluates over 100 clinical trials involving hypnosis.

James H. Stewart, MD, Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 4500 San Pablo Rd., Jacksonville, Fl 32224 Hypnosis in Contemporary Medicine 2005;80(4):511-524

The following book shows there is a connection between the mind and the body and that it can be seen, measured, and accessed through psychotherapy. This book confirms that it is possible to use the mind to heal the body. This book alone references 30 pages of books, studies, reviews, and trials.

Rossi, E. L. Ph.D., The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing: New Concepts of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Revised Ed., New York, NY: WW Norton; 1993

Ernest Lawrence Rossi, Ph.D., is the recipient of three Lifetime Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy by three different associations.

Dubuque, IA Finley Hospital’s, Iowa Mind Body Institute Website evidence-based Practice Guidelines:

Integrative Oncology Practice Guidelines

Primary Authors
Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, MD, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX ……

“It is strongly recommended that qualified professionals provide guidance in an open, evidence-based, and patient centered manner to those patients who use or who are interested in complementary or alternative medicine so that they can approach these therapies appropriately. …

Mind-body modalities are strongly recommended to be incorporated into a multidisciplinary approach in reducing anxiety, mood disturbance, and chronic pain and improving quality of life in cancer patients. …

Patients should not use these therapies in place of mainstream care and should be fully informed of the potential risks/benefits, to have realistic expectations, and to know the financial implications”.

Page 70: 3: “Mind-body modalities are recommended as part of a multidisciplinary approach to reduce anxiety, mood disturbance, and chronic pain and improve quality of life. Grade of recommendation: 1B”

“Rationale and Evidence: Mind-body modalities, including meditation, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, bio-feedback, and guided imagery, are increasingly becoming part of mainstream care over the years. A survey found that 19% of American adults used at least one mind-body therapy in a 1-year period.22 The 2002 US nationwide survey showed that 12% of the respondents used deep breathing relaxation techniques and 8% used meditation.4 A meta-analysis of 116 studies found that mind-body therapies could reduce anxiety, depression, and mood disturbance in cancer patients and assist their coping skills.23  In particular, they recommended interventions involving self-practice and hypnosis for managing conditioned nausea and vomiting and suggested that further research is warranted to examine the benefits of relaxation training and guided imagery.  … Mind-body techniques must be practiced to produce beneficial effects; so estimated compliance needs to be a component when evaluating the use of mind-body techniques with patients”.26

 Hypnosis page 72

“Research shows that hypnosis is beneficial in reducing pain, anxiety, phobias, and nausea and vomiting. In one study, 20 excisional breast biopsy patients were randomly assigned to a hypnosis or control group (standard care). Post surgery pain and distress were reduced in the Hypnosis group.32 In another study, children undergoing multiple painful procedures, such as bone marrow aspiration or lumbar puncture, were randomized to receive hypnosis, a package of cognitive-behavioral coping skills, or no intervention. Those who received either hypnosis or cognitive-behavioral therapy experienced more pain relief than control patients. The effects were similar between hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Both therapies also reduce anxiety and distress, with hypnosis showing greater effectiveness.33 Hypnosis was studied in a randomized controlled trial of 60 patients undergoing elective plastic surgery. Peri- and postoperative anxiety and pain were significantly reduced in the hypnosis group when compared with the control group, who just received stress reduction training. Reduction in anxiety and pain was achieved, along with significant reduction in intraoperative requirements for sedatives and analgesics.34 In a study of 67 bone marrow transplant patients, subjects were randomized to one of the four intervention groups: hypnosis training, cognitive-behavioral coping skills training, therapist contact control, or usual care. Oral pain from mucositis was reduced in the hypnosis group.35 An NIH Technology Assessment Panel found strong evidence for hypnosis in alleviating cancer-related pain.36 Hypnosis effectively treats anticipatory nausea in pediatric37 and adult cancer patients38 and reduces postoperative nausea and vomiting.34 Selection of proper patients and the qualifications of the Hypnotherapist contribute to safe hypnotherapy”.

In the book Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman (p.51-56) and confirmed in conversation by me with his son Col. H. Larry Elman, CH. I acknowledge that the Mayo brothers knew and used “Suggestive Therapy”, 100 years ago, as an adjunct to administration of anesthetics.  

Maybe it is about time to understand and accept that “hypnosis does work” and makes an excellent adjunct to contemporary medicine.

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