Hypnotic Miracle Cures
Hypnosis: Panacea or Fraud?
It’s very difficult for people to believe that hypnosis can create real physical changes in people. The thought goes something like “You can’t really change the body with the mind. I mean, all of this ‘mind over matter’ stuff is well and good but you can’t make substantial physical changes by thinking positively alone.”
Western medicine has been very slow to recognize what is called “the mind-body connection.” Saying the mind and body are connected implies that they are separate somehow. The mind and body are not separate. Even distinguishing between the brain and body is difficult at best. Did you know there are brain cells floating around the body? Did you know that recent evidence suggests that intelligence exists in other organs – not just the brain? And the mind is much more than the brain alone. So where is the mind and how do you consider it separately from the body?
Science (and as a result, medicine) often tries to understand things by breaking them down into their supposed parts and understanding the parts separately. Hey, I’m all for it – but realize the limitations! This kind of thinking sometimes leads to the “six blind men and the elephant” syndrome. Maybe you know the old fable about the six blind men describing an elephant. One man feels the trunk and say the elephant is like a snake. Another feels the body and say it’s like a wall. Others feel the leg, the ear, the tail and the tusk and describe a tree, fan, rope and spear. The blind men fail to understand much about the elephant.
In this case, it’s better to take a more holistic view of the mind/body (or an elephant, for that matter). Knowing that the mind and body are part of one system can lead you to realize that you can not change your thinking without making physical changes in the body! Emotions for instance, are reflected by changes is biochemistry. Thoughts create (or are created by) chemical and electrical patterns and fluctuations. Thoughts lead to hormone level changes, hormone level changes lead to thoughts. It’s all one big mishmash.
Maybe you’ve heard about the study that took a group of senior citizens and put them back into the environment of their youth. They were surrounded with the music of their youth, they dressed like they did when they were younger etc. The results showed significant changes for many of the participants. There were decreases in symptom complaints for a variety of conditions and some of the signs of aging were reversed! There is no doubt that what you do with your mind affects what happens with your body. There is no denying it.
What are the limits of the mind?
But what are the limits of what we can accomplish with the mind? And what does this have to do with hypnosis? I believe there are limits to the changes we can make through changing our minds. The senior citizens did not completely revert back to the physiology of their youths. We are unlikely to grow and additional arm out of our forehead just by concentrating on the idea – right?
The truth is that we don’t know what the limits are. Perhaps by adding hypnotic suggestion to the senior citizens’ experiences, we could enhance the physical changes they went through. Perhaps there are different approaches within hypnosis that are more effective than others.
Hypnosis gives you increased access to the control centers of the mind. The part of our mind that controls things like blood pressure, insulin levels, digestive juices and other automatic body functions is more accessible during hypnosis. Unfortunately, this part of the mind (unless you educate it) doesn’t simply respond to “Hey dude, lower my insulin level.” It doesn’t know what the heck you mean by that! The unconscious mind responds better to metaphor, analogy and experience.
Metaphor, Analogy & Experience: Warts and All
Just to give you an example, today I was talking to a friend of mine who’s a hypnotherapist. She’d received a call from a woman who had a question about removing warts with hypnosis. Well, the unconscious mind probably needs more instruction than “Get rid of the wart.” I remember reading about one technique where the client was to think about the wart being fed by an irrigation system (the bloodstream). They were to imagine (in hypnosis) turning off the irrigation to the wart so that all other areas received the proper nutrients but all support to the wart was cut off. Now there’s something the unconscious mind can understand -a metaphor/analogy.
Senior citizens could be regressed back to a time when they were feeling wonderful physically and mentally and asked to come back to the present keeping all the wonderful feelings with them. The unconscious understands instructions to “Do like you did before.” It’s an experience.
There are pain control techniques that involve thinking of the nerve pathways as having a switch on them. The client is told to turn off the pain signal with the switch and keep the signals necessary for other functions. Once again – metaphor.
So, can hypnosis cure cancer? Can we re-grow hair with hypnosis? Can it make us taller or shall we say “enlarge” parts of our bodies?
The answers are not as simple as they would seem. There is some evidence that cancer patients treated with hypnosis live longer than those that aren’t. The evidence for hypnosis being an effective treatment for the side effects of chemo and radiation treatment is overwhelmingly positive. There is anecdotal evidence of complete cancer remissions but no studies that I know of. No responsible hypnosis practitioner is claiming they can cure cancer with hypnosis.
Hypnosis for pain control? Tons of studies have been done, almost all positive (obviously, you need to work with a health professional with medical issues).
What I’ve seen so far indicates that hypnosis for hair growth gets no better results than a placebo. Perhaps better techniques need to be utilized. Hypnosis for breast enlargement – yep. Check it out for yourself. Google it. Milton Erickson once told a story about a man who apparently grew (height wise) as a result of Erickson’s suggestions. He didn’t report it to the medical journals because “no one would believe it.”
So, the next time you hear about a hypnotic miracle cure consider carefully. What are the limits of the human mind? How much do we really know about what hypnosis can do? What is truly possible? I certainly don’t know all the answers. Please join me in finding out.
I havke deep itching problem…Itsover three years causing lack of sleep and constant discomfort… do need some sort of technique to help.
Sorry to hear about your troubles.
I’d suggest you go see a hypnotherapist.
there aint any limits.if you desire something and you believe it .it will happen for you.one major factor that decides your success with changes in the body is your worldview..if you look at the world as consisting of solid objects that donot change..and you look at your body made of flesh and bones..its unlikely that mind power and hypnosis will help you make any significant changes..instead the new worldview of quantum physics..where everything is energy changing in accord with our thoughts..can significantly help you making changes in your body and the world. no body has ever seen an atom..its all a hypothesis..the theory for the structure of atom has constantly changed starting from thomsons model to the bohr’s and now the quantum model…but nobody actually know whats in there..so our current theories are just a mere beginning….to explain things.instead i believe that laws are never set in stones.newtons laws are invalid at quantum scale..coulumbs laws are not valid in all situations….physical world is just only an effect .. an effect of consciousness…how does an electron know to repel another electron? how does the earth know she has to pull us by gravity all the time…this aint a dead universe..all what appears as matter is there beacuse of consciouness…consciousness of the atoms out there that make them…consciousness of the energy out of which atoms are made..and yes we are the creators of our life…i have a lot to write and explain..but that would be what i believe…all that matters is what you believe..in short “YES you can grow an arm out of your head if you believe it enough..you can grow back to fully young stage if you believe it enough…you can change your genetic structure(read biology of beleief and holographic universe if you wanna believe it)…yes you can do anything…i am a science student and have had experiences that most people in the world would say “IMPOSSIBLE”.but i know whats the truth..and nobody out there has the power to stop me 🙂
Philosophically, I partially agree with the “anything is possible” mindset. I also believe it’s true that much of what limits us is what we believe is or is not possible. But practically, it seems to me there are limits. I can’t levitate with the power of my mind and I don’t believe anyone else can either. I can’t walk through walls (well, if there’s a door I can). For those of you out there who believe anything is possible, please demonstrate either one of those.
June 27, 2012
I have a friend with type two diabetes and other health issues. I knew about the diabetes last year. The other health problems I learned about them when she went in the hospital the 1st of May for three and a half weeks with a week in intensive care. She is out and doing much better.
When she first told me about her diabetes last year her glucose readings were 300, 400, 500 and she was drinking a little too much wine. I mentioned that maybe I could help her by doing hypnosis on her. Let me tell you the first time I put her under I had her very deep in no time and we started talking about various things in her past and before long she started having an AB reaction. So I brought her out of hypnosis. I realized right there that I was way over my head as I am not a trained hypnotist and haven’t practiced self hypnosis in 35 years.
She would never be able to afford the cost of a hypnotherapist she could barely afford to put gas in the car. I needed to learn all I could as quick as I could so I went to Barnes and Noble and got the only book they had on hypnosis, the complete idiot’s guide to Hypnosis. I learned enough to wet my appetite for hypnosis. So I hypnotized her again for her drinking and eating healthier. It was unbelievable, she quit drinking and started eating better. Her wait is good but she had lost a lot of it through a Tony Robbins program a couple years ago so she has a very hypnotic mind. She enrolled in William Michell’s hypnosis training and encouraged me to enroll. So I did. We are both certified hypnotherapists as of March 2012.
Her health took a turn for the worse in late April and she was admitted to the local hospital and was in ICU. That is when I learned how very serious her condition was. They gave her two units of blood and she perked up a little and they moved her to regular room on a different floor. I called the nurses station and talked to the nurse when she said she wished they would have kept up in ICU or at least on that floor. So that is when the light came on for me that I had to do something or she might not make it out of the hospital alive. That night I called her cell phone and talked with her. She was very weak and I asked her if she wanted me to help her with hypnosis. She said yes very much so. The only way I could do hypnosis was over the phone as I live 350 miles away from where she lives. That next day she was transferred to a much bigger hospital and spent five days in intensive care there. I started hypnosis that night and every time that she was awake and alert enough to hold the phone to here ear. I have done approximately 5-6 sessions while she was in the hospital and 3 after her release. She got pneumonia in the larger hospital and antibiotics for that and two more units of blood but other than that they don’t know what else to do for her. So they released her after she was stable enough to go home. She gained 25 lbs while in the hospital on IV’s and diuretics. We talked about her fluid build up that she had gained while in the hospital and started directing her kidneys to do their best at releasing the water with the help of her diuretic. She lost 35 lbs in less than a week. She has her life back and fully alert and there for a while she was way out in left field let me tell you. She has made other changes in her life the last couple of weeks that has been good for her overall well being that I wont go into.
She has got her life back again and she credits it mostly all to the power of hypnosis. As for me this is the area that excites me the most about hypnosis. Having a client that is motivated about changing their health and in this case trusting in me “as if” I were the expert but in reality it was her mind that did all the work. I just was there guiding it along a very dark pathway to the light of hope.
Amazing what can be changed when one imagines at the subconscious level of the mind.
Thanks Mike. I don’t think anyone yet understands the limits of hypnosis.