Vol. 77 June 2009- Healing Starts in Your Mind
Anyone who has taken medication and felt better almost immediately realizes that this result most likely was too soon to be caused by the medication. This effect is known in the medical field as the “placebo effect”. Doctors are taught that 30% of the people who are treated with placebos will show signs of improvement. However they are also taught that this improvement is subjective and temporary because the illness will continue to take its course.
In 1993 a study was published in Clinical Psychology Review proving that 70% of the time placebos were effective in treating Herpes, stomach ulcers and angina pectoris. Placebos have also been noted to reduce cancerous tumors as well as regenerating the immune cells of AIDS patients.
Pharmacologist Candace Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine was able to demonstrate that neuropeptides which transmit the messages in the brain’s neurons influence the behavior of almost all the body’s cells proving that our mind is actually located through out our body, not just in the brain.
The placebo effect accounts for everything that we do not yet know about the body, explaining the healing of shamans, and other healers, such as hypnotists. Scientific medicine has replaced this ancient knowledge with the mechanics of how the body works, never taking into the account the patient’s spiritual aspect. If you are requiring medical interventions do yourself a favor by locating a doctor that is willing to consider every part of you: body, mind and spirit in the healing process, willing to work with complementary medical professionals in order to offer the most well rounded care you can receive. It will definitely shorten the length of the illness while allowing you to have more control over your healing process creating the best results for you.
When you are seeking a hypnotist to work with the medical professionals make sure that they have appropriate certification by one or more of the professional associations for hypnotists. Check out their website to note if they have any testimonials from past clients that have had a similar situation to yours and that they were able to effectively work with your issue. It would also be a great idea to interview them to make sure that you feel comfortable with them before making an appointment to work with them.
One other very important thing that you may not realize is that one need not have a medical license to do hypnotism. Hypnotism is a separate profession from psychology, psychiatry and the medical profession requiring knowledge about how one needs to speak to the unconscious mind. You would be best served to work with someone who is competent as a hypnotist is working in the field full-time as true professionals are dedicated to constantly learning their craft by actually practicing and continuously upgrading their education as new and better techniques come along. If you are really lucky you may find someone who has truly added to the field based on the work that they have been doing in their practices.
Certainly for any medical intervention you always need to get a referral from your doctor before seeing the hypnotist to make sure that they are both working in concert on your behalf. Any hypnotist who is willing to work with you on a medical basis without a referral is someone with whom you should stay away from. The reason for this is two fold. First it is against the law in the state of Massachusetts and many other states to work with a patient when they are presently working with a licensed professional. Second, there are many tests and much knowledge the doctor has that a hypnotist would never have which needs to be taken under consideration when ever you are under going a medical treatment of any sort. The doctors are able to use scanning equipment like MRIs, Pet Scans and x-rays along with blood test to find out what is wrong with you. Once the doctor knows what is wrong with you, or has ruled out the obvious problems, maybe finding out that the issue is of the mind, instead of the body, then it is time to work with a hypnotist to work in conjunction with your doctor.
When one is using hypnosis for pain control, it is doubly important to have a medical referral for the pain is there to make you aware that there is a problem. It is up to the doctor to diagnose what the problem is and that what ever can be done medically is being done. Only after that has been done do you go to a hypnotist to have the pain relieved. You wouldn’t want to have a horrible situation happen because the hypnotist relieved you of a pain that could be indicating a very serious or even life threatening event, would you? So be aware of the treatments that are available and use your best judgment to take care of your issues in a manner that will get you back to health with all the professionals on board with consistent care with your interest at the heart of that care.
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