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Medical Support Hypnosis

     Hypnosis is the perfect adjunct to medical treatment.  It uses the powerful subconscious mind to assist in healing.  The subconscious mind is a natural resource that everyone has, but not everyone uses intently.  With hypnosis, this powerful resource is tapped not only to assist in healing but also to eliminate unhealthy attitudes that hinder the healing process.

  What is medical support hypnosis?
  What are some uses for medical support hypnosis?
  Is there any research to support using medical support hypnosis?
  Interesting links on medical hypnosis

What is medical support hypnosis?

     Medical support hypnosis uses hypnosis to assist patients in accelerating healing, controlling pain and facilitating recovery from medical procedures.  A certified medical support clinical hypnosis practitioner is one who has a minimum of 200 hours training in hypnotherapy, and an additional 100 hours in medical hypnosis, accelerated healing, pain control, anatomy and physiology. Consultation with a licensed physician is required before Medical Support Hypnosis services are provided.     return

What are some uses for medical support hypnosis?

    Some of the areas that medical support hypnosis can be utilized are as follows:
    Prevent illness Speed recovery from injury
    Accelerate healing Regain health from disease
    Reduce or eliminate pain Reduce immunosuppressive stress
    Assist in better response to medical treatment Help to avoid potential complications
    Prepare for surgery Reduce pain in dental procedures

Is there any research to support using medical support hypnosis?

    Using Hypnosis Prior to Surgery

     Using hypnosis to prepare patients for surgery has been found to significantly reduce the pain, nausea, fatigue, emotional upset, and discomfort experienced after surgery; reduce the amount of pain medications needed; and reduce the institutional costs.

     A major study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, September 2007 (Vol. 99, Number 17) using hypnosis prior to breast cancer surgery resulted in the following:
  • hypnosis reduced costs to the institution by $772.71 per patient
  • hypnosis reduced the time in surgery
  • hypnosis significantly reduced the amount of pain medication needed
     Full study: http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/99/17/1304?maxtoshow

    Hypnosis reduces hot flashes after surgery in breast cancer patients.

     A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, November 2008 (Vol. 26, Number 31) states: "Hypnosis appears to reduce perceived hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and may have additional benefits such as reduced anxiety and depression, and improved sleep.”

     Full study: http://jco.ascopubs.org/cgi/content/abstract/JCO.2008.16.6389v1

    Pain-free alternative to anesthetics

     Read this article by the BBC of a man successfully using hypnosis as anesthesia for thumb surgery.


    Using hypnosis to relieve IBS symptoms

     Click below to read an overview of research on using hypnosis to relieve IBS symptoms.


  • Hypnosis is great for pain control. Watch this video of a hernia operation with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. Fairly graphic.
  • Dr. Angel Escudero of Spain operates without anesthesia, using only the patient's power of thought to create numbness. Caution: This one's graphic.
  • Discovery Channel shows how hypnosis helps alleviate pain in the office of a dentist using hypnosis instead of anesthesia.

Hypnosis, Hypnotic Coaching, OB, and Directional Healing are not the practice of medicine, psychology or psychiatry, and are not intended to be a replacement for diagnosis or treatment of any complaint or ailment. Individuals should seek appropriate medical or professional intervention as needed. The contents of this website are for educational purposes only.