The Science Behind HYPNOSIS
The Science Behind Hypnosis
What Happens When You Are Hypnotized?
Some parts of the brain relax during the trance while others become more active, said Dr. David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
“I hope this study will demonstrate that hypnosis is a real neurobiological phenomenon that deserves attention,” Spiegel said. “We haven’t been using our brains as well as we can. It’s like an app on your iPhone you haven’t used before, and it gets your iPhone to do all these cool things you didn’t know it could do.”
Using MRI, researchers measured the subjects’ brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow. Each was scanned while resting, when recalling a memory, and when exposed to a message intended to induce a hypnotic trance. People highly susceptible to hypnosis experienced three distinct brain changes while hypnotized that weren’t present when they were out of the trance, the study reports. Hypnotized people also experienced an increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. The prefrontal cortex helps us plan and carry out tasks, while the insula helps the mind connect with the body.
“In hypnosis, we know you can alter things like gastric acid secretion, heart rate, blood pressure and skin conductance,” Spiegel said. “Your brain is very good at controlling what’s going on in your body, and the insula is one of the pathways that do that.”
A hypnotized person is intensely focused but not worried about what they’re doing. They are not worried about evaluating instructions but are simply following those instructions, and they have a more direct connection between their minds and the physical function of their bodies, he noted.
“This is the first time that we’ve shown what’s going on in the brain when a person is hypnotized,” Spiegel said. “This is a natural and normal brain function. It’s a technique that has evolved to enable us to do the routine things routinely and deeply engage in the things that matter to us. Based on this knowledge, doctors might be able to enhance hypnotic response in better ways to improve the treatments of medical conditions.”
Already, hypnosis has been proven to help people quit smoking or cope with pain and stress. This study provides “important evidence” that could help convince skeptical patients of hypnosis’ potential benefits, said Guy Montgomery, who specializes in integrative behavioral medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Readers Digest, By Kim Fredericks
Stop Smoking. If you want to find the best way to quit smoking, you’ll navigate a long-list of over-the-counter and prescription nicotine-replacement medications as well as non-nicotine prescriptions to find the right fit. Quitting is vital, of course: Cigarettes are responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also states that among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly seven out of every 10 (68 percent) reported that they wanted to quit. Herbal remedies, behavioral therapy, and acupuncture are other methods people choose to quit smoking, but for Jon Bryner, a bar owner in Melbourne, Florida (where smoking is still allowed in bars), hypnosis was the answer to kicking his two-pack-a-day habit. “When you go to a doctor, they give you a pill, but they can’t give you anti-habit pills,” says professional hypnotist Richard Barker. Barker worked with Bryner to change his thought process and take away the emotional connection to help change his habit into a positive one. “At first I thought, how will I drive, how will I have a beer and not smoke?” says Bryner, “But now I just think about how bad smoke smells.”
Raw Food Diet & Hypnosis for Total-Body Transformation!
I have been a raw foodist for 9 years. (Raw Food Diet: includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, almond milk, raw cheese, and Sushi… I am available to consult along with a hypnosis session on this fascinating diet! Hypnosis will help you lose weight by replacing your “cravings” for starchy carbs and junk foods, with healthier choices. The old cravings we have for food are called, “food imprints,” they are associated with memories. When we think of eating that huge piece of chocolate cake, somewhere in our memory is our grandmother’s arms wrapped around us. We can keep the beautiful memories of our grandmother, without eating cake every day. A live food diet and helping people with a total body transformation is a passion of mine. Changing even one meal a day to a “live meal” will radically improve your mood, body, and mind.
Hypnosis to Build Confidence in Children
Hypnosis for children or teens will prove to them that they can feel safe within their body. They will learn to trust themselves and draw on their own inner strength and confidence. Hypnosis helps children to learn how to think in the most productive way. Once they feel confident within, no matter what anyone tells them to the contrary, they will know the truth about themselves. They will hear in their mind positive “self-talk”. They will draw on their own powerful reinforcement when needed, reminding them of their courage to pursue a task like doing well in school, sports or exams without the feelings of stress or worries.
Hypnosis works for Ulcerative Colitis
On the University of Pennsylvania website, they recommend Hypnosis for Ulcerative Colitis. I can speak first hand about how hypnosis works with this condition. One of the key factors of Ulcerative colitis is stress, which causes the condition to get worse. I will teach you how to use “Self-Hypnosis” when you feel stressed to reduce the symptoms and possibly make this condition vanish like I did.
The Mount Sinai group is considering alternative ways to deliver hypnosis, such as over the Internet (perhaps through a video chat) or through a
Ref: LiveSciene.com “Can Hypnosis be Used as Medical Treatment?”
Hypnosis before and after Breast Surgery
The relaxation during hypnosis makes it easier to observe anxieties, fears, pain, and other difficulties from a new perspective.
In research studies, hypnosis has been shown to help reduce:
There are many kinds of hypnotic techniques. After you’re under hypnosis, a hypnotherapist may: talk to you in a soothing way to help you feel relaxed and secure, make suggestions about positive behaviors, encourage you to clearly imagine yourself acting differently, a powerful practice called “mental imagery”
A hypnotherapist can work with you to find the technique that can work best for what you’re trying to accomplish. Although it’s important to begin by working with a hypnotherapist, the hypnotherapist can then teach you self-hypnosis so you can practice at home. Once you have a firm grip on an issue like pain or fatigue with the therapist, you can continue on your own with self-hypnosis.
What hypnosis is not: When you’re under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist cannot control you. It is not possible for a hypnotherapist to force you to do anything that you don’t want to do. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be open and receptive to the idea of hypnosis for it to work. Research on hypnosis in people with breast cancer and other types of cancer: An Italian study published in Oncology in 2000 followed 16 adult cancer patients suffering from nausea and vomiting just before their next chemotherapy doses, which is sometimes called “anticipatory” nausea and vomiting. After they underwent hypnosis, nausea and vomiting disappeared.
In a Stanford University study published in 1983, 54 women with metastatic breast cancer were followed for one year. Some of the women were offered group therapy each week, and a portion of these group therapy participants
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