Medical Hypnosis

hypnosis for cancer

What can onco-hypnosis offer to cancer patients?

Onco-hypnosis, also known sometime as hypno-oncology, is the use of hypnosis as an adjunct therapy for cancer patients. From the outset, I want to clarify that hypnosis cannot cure cancer, however it can be used to great success and with no side effect to help manage symptoms of the disease or its treatment. Hypnotherapy is …

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Hypnosis Reduces Preoperative Anxiety in Adult Patients

This 2005 randomized study by Yale University School of Medicine examined the effect of hypnosis on preoperative anxiety. They compared the effects of hypnosis to that of attentive listening and support, and to that of a “standard of care control group”. Anxiety was measured pre- and post-intervention as well as on entrance to the operating …

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A meta-analysis of hypnotically induced analgesia: How effective is hypnosis at pain relief?

Hypnosis has been used as a psychological technique for treatment of a broad range of disorders and illnesses. For example, it has been used in treating phobias, depression, anorexia nervosa, dissociative identity disorder, psychotic disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders, obesity, smoking, and somatization disorders. Even given the breadth of treatment contexts, hypnosis is perhaps best known …

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Hypnotherapy is effective at reducing the perception of pain

Brain imaging studies investigate pain reduction by hypnosis

Researchers at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to find out if hypnosis alters brain activity in a way that might explain pain reduction. The results are reported in the November-December 2004 issue of Regional …

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