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Hypnosis in the News

TIME MAGAZINE

MARCH 30th, 1953

MEDICINE

THE USES OF HYPNOSIS

Hypnosis has been a hard-luck kid among medical techniques. A century ago, it was just beginning to win acceptance as a painkiller when ether anesthesia was discovered and hypnosis was discarded.

It was making a comeback 60 years ago when Freud hit upon the idea of psychoanalysis, and the experts again lost interest in hypnosis.

Now, the third time around, it is once more winning the support of reputable men in both the physical and psychic areas of medicine. To help put hypnosis over the top for good, eleven doctors have assembled the first comprehensive textbook in the field, Hypnosis in Modern Medicine, with Psychiatrist Jerome M. Schneck as editor.

Sometimes the business of banishing symptoms of illness may be done by suggestions made during the trance period.

Psychiatrist Harold Rosen cites this one: a man of 26 had been having severe spells of nausea and dizziness. He was in a hospital and was being considered for ear-nerve surgery. A psychiatrist suspected an emotional basis for the illness, but could not track it down.

It took eight minutes to hypnotize the patient, and while in the trance, he had one of his spells, with "the shakes." In a second session he reported seeing a shipwreck, but tried to ignore it. At last, prodded

by the therapist, he recalled and relived his own shipwreck of seven years before, when many of his buddies died in a torpedo attack. Conscious again, he admitted that he had been brooding and dreaming about that attack. He was shown that his spells were a device to shut it out.

New Clues on How

Hypnosis Works

Researchers Observe Changes in Brain Activity During Hypnosis

By Bill Hendrick

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

June 26, 2009 -- University of Geneva researchers say they found in a series of experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that brain activity is different under hypnosis.

Their study is published in journal Neuron.

The study concludes that hypnosis induces a disconnection of motor commands from normal voluntary processes under the influence of brain circuits involved in executive control and self-imagery, Yann Cojan, PhD, of the Neuroscience Center and Medical School at the University of Geneva, tells WebMD in an email.

The researchers used fMRI to scan brains of 12 people who were tested on hand movement before and after hypnosis for left hand paralysis.

 "Hypnosis can help

adult patients control

other forms of pain,

relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems,

and accelerate the healing of bone

fractures and surgical wounds."

"Hypnosis can help.

A growing body of

research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain."

"Hypnosis is merely a tool

-- a technique to tap into

the subconscious, says Oster, who heads the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

No pocket watches are involved and no one clucks like a chicken afterward. In fact hypnosis is a state of concentration and focused attention.

With it the mind can be more powerful.

You simply have slipped into your subconscious.

Research from Harvard Medical School and other institutions is showing evidence

that hypnosis is indeed a process of mind

over body."

"Hypnosis has gained

credibility in the past

five years because of

research using the

latest brain imaging technology. Studies show

hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders."

Why You Should Try Hypnosis

The Healing Power of Hypnosis

The latest research shows that it eases pain, speeds healing, increases fertility, even fights cancer.

By Alexis Jetter , Alexis Jetter writes about science and politics, and is the co-editor of The Politics of Motherhood.

(Feb. 7, 2006) -- Wendy W.* couldn't believe it: Her cycles had always been very regular, but the minute she decided to try to get pregnant, she stopped menstruating. 

After 4 months without a period, the 24-year-old nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, consulted an OB/GYN who was a fertility specialist.

He couldn't find the slightest thing wrong with her or her husband. Okay, she concluded, I guess my mind has stopped my period.

She called the hospital's psychiatry department. "I want someone good," she said. Da-shih Hu, MD, a psychiatrist and an assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School, invited Wendy into his office.

They talked about her life, marriage, and work but found no obvious reasons why her reproductive system had shut down. When Hu suggested that hypnosis might help, Wendy bristled. "I thought he was literally nuts," she says. "I knew nothing about hypnosis, except that it's a bad Vegas act. And I hate magicians."

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