Since the mid to late 1950's where both the British and American Medical Associations' gave their approval of the medical use of hypnosis (as well as Pope Pius XII) hypnotherapy has been used successfully to help people lose weight, quit smoking, improve their sleep, overcome their fears and much more. In more recent years hypnotherapy has become the leading complementary treatment for cancer.
The reason why hypnotherapy can be relevant is because mind, body and spirit are interconnected and any treatment needs to take this into account. The extraordinary advances in medical science have been due to a greater understanding of how the body works and this has led to an emphasis on physical treatment (radiotherapy, chemotherapy etc), but the mind has its part to play as well.
Hypnotherapy can be used alongside the conventional medical treatments for cancer, and there are many reasons why someone who is suffering from cancer may wish to use hypnotherapy.
One of the main reasons people with cancer use hypnotherapy is to help them relax and cope better with symptoms and treatment. Hypnotherapy can help people to feel more comfortable and in control of their situation.
Hypnotherapy can also help a patient think more positively about their situation and illness. It is incredibly important in overcoming any disease, especially cancer. Hypnosis can help in this area much the same way it can with relaxation. Hypnotherapist can place suggestions using hypnotic language that causes the patient to think and feel more positive about their illness.
Visualization is one more technique that has been successfully utilized for many years to fight cancer.
Perhaps the most useful use of hypnotherapy for cancer patients though is reducing the pain and nausea they may be suffering. Unfortunately pain is to be expected when fighting cancer, and both chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been known to cause severe nausea in some patients. Hypnotherapy can reduce both these issues because of the way it directs the subconscious mind.
Studies have shown that hypnosis is extremely adept at blocking signals of pain. This means that hypnosis can help cancer patient reduce the amount of pain they are feeling and help them feel more comfortable. This is a huge part of the fight against cancer.
You can read two of the reports about the benefits of cancer patients using hypnosis for pain control at the links below.
Hypnosis can help people heal up to 25% faster than other modalities. With cancer comes surgery and radiation therapy, all of which put a serious strain on the body and require a lot of healing. Being able to heal 25% faster is incredibly beneficial as I’m sure you can imagine. The faster a person can heal and recover, the faster they can put cancer behind them and get back to enjoying a rich, full life.
To read more on the effects of hypnosis and healing you can read the Harvard Medical School report here – http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/05.08/01-hypnosis.html
Although, Hypnotherapy is not a cure for cancer, without doubt, provide a great deal of comfort and relief for anyone who is suffering from cancer. Hypnosis is a complementary treatment that can aid cancer patients with both the physical and mental aspects of the ordeal.
When a person is fighting cancer it is important to use every tool available to win the battle and hypnotherapy is an excellent tool to use for beating cancer.
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