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The Opiate Epidemic

Hypnosis Reduces Surgical Pain


Opiate abuse and dependence is on the rise. Not only for young people but for the older population as well. Often, people become addicted to pain pills as a result of legitimate need such as kidney stones, or broken bones or intense temporary pain. But with daily use, a person can become addicted very quickly and they are not informed of the risk and do not realize what has happened until it is too late.

The biggest problem with opiates is that they not only dull the physical pain but they also dull the emotional pain and when people are struggling, it is a relief to be emotionally pain-free. But it is very dangerous.
There is a movement to build awareness about this epidemic. Collaborative efforts are underway to promote Prevention, Awareness, and Treatment involving Physicians, Pharmacists, Chiropractors, Drug Counselors and Mental Health Therapists.

The need for alternatives to pain medication is greater than ever before. People are seeking safe alternatives. Hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe and effective solution. Hypnotherapy helps reduce the need for pain medication, reduces anxiety and soothes the mind. It is a healthy way to help people restore their emotional and physical health. It is good to know that research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center indicates that hypnotherapy reduces the amount of medication a patient needs and shortens their hospital stay.

This kind of information regarding the efficacy of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is instrumental in prevention contributes to prevention and also supports the soothing effect hypnosis and suggestion have in regard to not only pain but anxiety, stress, and fear when a person is dealing with chronic and acute illness alone or with medical care.

There is a great need for drug-free solutions to help with pain and suffering. Professional
Hypnosis Institute teaches you how to fight the Opiate Epidemic through the use of Hypnosis.


Medical Hypnosis Research:

Below is related research regarding the effectiveness ofhypnotherapy in the treatment of pain and other Medical conditions.

  • Medical Hypnosis: An Underutilized Treatment Approach

“Medical hypnosis is an underutilized therapeutic modality which can be learned easily for everyday use in medical practice, especially when taking the medical history. In this era of emphasis on cost-effectiveness, both medical hypnosis and certain parahypnotic techniques (eg, closed-eye history taking) may be of special interest to physicians”. For more info:

  • The Role of Suggestions in Hypnosis for Chronic Pain: A Review of the Literature

.“Overall, these studies found hypnosis to be more effective than non-treatment control groups and similarly effective when compared to active treatments on pain-related outcomes when either pain-related suggestions or non-pain related suggestions were used. However, for studies that included both pain-specific and non-pain related suggestions, hypnosis was found to be superior to active treatments on a variety of pain-related outcomes.” Read more here:

  • Suggestions to Reduce Clinical Fibromyalgia Pain and Experimentally Induced Pain Produce Parallel Effects on Perceived Pain but Divergent Functional MRI–Based Brain Activity

“These findings imply that induction has an important effect on underlying neural activity mediating the effects of suggestion. Patient responses imply that suggestions altered pain experience via corresponding changes in pain-related brain regions, whereas control responses imply suggestion engaged cognitive control.” Read more here:

  • Effect of hypnosis on induction of local anesthesia, pain perception, control of hemorrhage and anxiety during extraction of third molars: a case-control study

“The results of the study showed that hypnosis can effectively reduce anxiety, hemorrhage and pain. More studies are necessary to collect data on the effect of hypnosis on oral and maxillofacial surgeries.” Read more here:

  • The Efficacy, Safety and Applications of Medical Hypnosis A Systematic Review of Meta-analyses

“Medical hypnosis is a safe and effective complementary technique for use in medical procedures and in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Waking suggestions can be a component of effective doctor–patient communication in routine clinical situations.”Read More Here:

  • Pediatric hypnosis: pre‐, peri‐, and post‐anesthesia.

“Patients in hypnosis treatment conditions have less anxiety and shorter hospital stays and experience less long‐term pain and discomfort than do patients in control conditions. There appears little reason not to provide hypnosis as an adjunctive treatment for pediatric patients undergoing anesthesia.” Read more here:

  • Adjunctive non-pharmacological analgesia for invasive medical procedures: a randomised trial.

Structured attention and self-hypnotic relaxation proved beneficial during invasive medical procedures. Hypnosis had more pronounced effects on pain and anxiety reduction, and is superior, in that it also improves haemodynamic stability.” Read more here:

  • Pain and anxiety during interventional radiologic procedures: effect of patients’ state anxiety at baseline and modulation by nonpharmacologic analgesia adjuncts.

“Patients’ state anxiety level is a predictor of trends in procedural pain and anxiety, need for medication, and procedure duration. Low and high state anxiety groups profit from the use of nonpharmacologic analgesia adjuncts but those with high state anxiety levels have the most to gain.” Read more here:

  • Intestinal Microbiome in Irritable Bowel Syndrome before and after Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy

The study states that “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder with brain-gut-microbiome alterations. Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT) has been shown to improve quality of life and symptoms in IBS. This therapy targets psychological coping, central nervous processing and brain-gut interaction. Studies have also demonstrated effects of hypnosis on intestinal transit and the mucosal immune system”

Read the abstract here:

  • Hypnosis and upper digestive function and disease

“Hypnotherapy has gained relevance as an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome not responsive to standard care. More recently, a few studies have addressed the potential influence of hypnosis on upper digestive function and disease” Read more here:

Evaluation of Home-Based Self-Hypnosis
Relaxation Training During VCUG in Children

It is very difficult and often traumatic for children to deal with medical procedures. It is also very stressful for the parents. In an effort to reduce the stress of invasive procedures, this study is exploring using home based self-hypnosis training for children.

The Brain and Hypnosis

  • Improving working memory performance in brain-injured patients using hypnotic suggestion.

We conclude that, if framed correctly, hypnotic suggestion can effectively improve working memory following acquired brain injury. The speed and consistency with which this improvement occurred, indicate that there may be a residual capacity for normal information processing in the injured brain.Read more here:

  • The neural mechanisms of immediate and follow-up of the treatment effect of hypnosis on smoking craving.

Twenty-four smokers screened from 132 volunteers underwent hypnosis suggestion and performed a smoking-related cue task twice during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning (in normal and hypnotic states). The smokers reported decreased craving after hypnosis The reduced craving was related to the DLPFC-insula network, which reflected the immediate mechanism of hypnosis on smoking.” Read more here:

  • Right anterior insula connectivity is important for cue-induced craving in nicotine-dependent smokers.

“These data suggest that among smokers, cue-induced craving may be a function of connectivity between two regions involved in interoception and self-awareness. Moreover, treatment strategies that incorporate mindful attention may be effective in attenuating cue-induced craving and relapse in nicotine-dependent smokers.”Read more here:

  • Common and specific loci of Stroop effects in vocal and manual tasks, revealed by event-related brain potentials and posthypnotic suggestions.

“In conclusion, vocal and manual Stroop versions seem to share semantic loci of conflict. The bigger vocal Stroop effect may be attributable to additional loci during word production lexicon. Apparently, PHS diminish Stroop effects by enhancing proactive executive control over lexico-semantic conflicts.“  Read more here:

  • MECHANISMS OF HYPNOSIS:Toward the Development of a Biopsychosocial Model

“hypnosis and hypnotic responding are probably best explained by more comprehensive models that take into account factors from biological, psychological, and social domains. More restrictive models that focus only or primarily on a single factor or subset of factors, while useful for increasing our understanding the role of these factors may play, are unlikely to be adequate for providing a thorough understanding of the domain of hypnosis.” Read more here:

  • Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis

“In sum, the naturally occurring and clinically useful hypnotic state appears to be a product of reduced contextual vigilance (dACC activity) and disconnection from default mode resting activity, as well as enhanced coordination of networks engaged in task management and somatic surveillance.” Read more here:

Clinical Hypnosis

  • The Effectiveness of Hypnosis Intervention in Alleviating Postpartum Psychological Symptoms.

“Thus, hypnosis conducted during pregnancy may promote improvements in psychological well-being postpartum.”Read more here:

  • The effectiveness of autogenic training in the psycho-corrective treatment of the patients presenting with chronic somatic diseases.

“The beneficial influence of the autogenic training on the psychological status of the patients presenting with chronic somatic diseases is mainly mediated through the decrease of anxiety, tension, fixation on negative feelings, sensitivity to stressful influences, increased activity, and improved mood of the patients.” Read more:

  • Hypnosis in the Management of Sleep Disorders

“disorders of sleep such as the insomnias, parasomnias, and related mood or anxiety disorderscan be amenable to this therapeutic intervention.” Read more:

  • Hypnotic susceptibility and affective states in bipolar I and II disorders.

” In contrast to cognitive suggestions, bipolar I patients followed motor suggestions more often under hypnosis”Read more here:

  • Suggestibility as a predictor of response to antidepressants:

A preliminary prospective trial. Suggestibility seems to play a role, presumably by shaping expectation, in response to AD treatment.Read more here:

  • Effects of hypnotic and musical relaxation therapy on the treatment of the parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate

Hypnotic and musical relaxation therapy can more effectively reduce the scores of the anxiety and depression states of the parents of patients with cleft lip and/or palate than psychological consultation. Read more:

  • Valencia Model of Waking Hypnosis: Background, Research, and Clinical Applications.

“Research has revealed that this model has numerous advantages, and is potentially useful in clinical practice. “Read more:

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