Feature Article Scientific American July 2001: I am in the process of painting, carpeting and getting a new desk for my office at home. That means that for about 6 weeks my office is in upheaval. Much to my wife’s delight, one of the many positive benefits is cleaning & organizing. In the process, I came across an old Scientific American article written by Michael R. Nash for the July 2001 issue entitled The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis. It’s a great article and I encourage you to go on-line or go to your library and read it.
What I want to stress here is Michael R. Nash‘s comments about what hypnotherapy is good for. He says that a 1996 National Institutes of Health technology assessment panel judged hypnosis to be an effective intervention for alleviating pain from cancer and other chronic conditions. Voluminous clinical studies also indicate that hypnosis can reduce the acute pain experienced by patients undergoing burn-wound debridement, children enduring bone marrow aspirations and women in labor. In some cases, the degree of relief from pain with hypnosis matches or exceeds that provided by morphine.
While Hypnosis should not stand alone as a sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder, in some cases, hypnosis can boost the effectiveness of psychotherapy and Hypnosis is effective in treating obesity, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension. There is strong evidence that hypnotherapy can be an effective component in treating asthmas, dermatological disorders including warts, irritable bowel syndrome, hemophilia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and is easy to learn, easy to use and powerful enough to create changes in your life!
The painting is done and looks great! Two more weeks for the carpet, and another month for the new desk.