Hypnosis Speeds Post-Surgical Healing
I just ran across an article from the April, 2003 American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. The article is about a study following a small group of surgical patients. Some of the patients were given no special treatment, some were given 8 sessions of “supportive attention” and some were give 8 hypnosis sessions, with suggestions targeting rapid recovery.
I bet you can guess what happened…
Hypnosis Does A Body Good
The hypnosis group scored significantly better than the other two groups. In other words, according to objective assessments of healing (wound size, for instance), the group that got hypnotized healed more quickly! Of course, the assessments were done by photo, by professionals who did not know which group the patients belonged to.
Many Possibilities For Using Hypnosis Are Not Yet Fully Explored
According to the authors of the study, the trial indicated that use of hypnosis and suggestion can increase the rate of healing and that hypnosis should be studied further as far as augmenting physical healing.
Results of this preliminary trial indicate that use of a targeted hypnotic intervention can accelerate postoperative wound healing and suggest that further tests of using hypnosis to augment physical healing are warranted.
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Apr 2003 by Ginandes, Carol, Brooks, Patricia, Sando, William, Jones, Christopher, Aker, John