Surgeons have completed the world’s first deep brain surgery using hypnosis instead of an anaesthetic to control the patient’s pain.
Doctors carried out the deep brain stimulation procedure to cure the 73-year-old patient’s severe trembling hands.
In the procedure, the brain regions which are responsible for the tremor were electrically stimulated, causing the tremor to be effectively suppressed so the patient can for example eat and write again undisturbed.
Sufferers of IBS should find this scientific research in 2016 useful and encouraging reading. Summary is below – to access the 17 page article click here https://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf.asp?id=177667
Background: The efficacy and safety of hypnotic techniques in somatic medicine, known as medical hypnosis, have not been supported to date by adequate scientific evidence.
Methods: We systematically reviewed meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of medical hypnosis. Relevant publications (January 2005 to June 2015) were sought in the Cochrane databases CDSR and DARE, and in PubMed. Meta-analyses involving at least 400 patients were included in the present analysis. Their methodological quality was assessed with AMSTAR (A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews). An additional search was carried out in the CENTRAL and PubMed databases for RCTs of waking suggestion (therapeutic suggestion without formal trance induction) in somatic medicine.
Results: Out of the 391 publications retrieved, five were reports of meta- analyses that met our inclusion criteria. One of these meta-analyses was of high methodological quality; three were of moderate quality, and one was of poor quality. Hypnosis was superior to controls with respect to the reduction of pain and emotional stress during medical interventions (34 RCTs, 2597 patients) as well as the reduction of irritable bowel symptoms (8 RCTs, 464 patients). Two meta-analyses revealed no differences between hypnosis and control treatment with respect to the side effects and safety of treatment. The effect size of hypnosis on emotional stress during medical interventions was low in one meta-analysis, moderate in one, and high in one. The effect size on pain during medical interventions was low. Five RCTs indicated that waking suggestion is effective in medical procedures.
Conclusion: 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.
►Cite this as: Häuser W, Hagl M, Schmierer A, Hansen E: The efficacy, safety and applications of medical hypnosis—a systematic review of meta-analyse
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Not that I am a fan of Grime music but this is an interesting article in the Guardian about Stormzy, someone well known to many young people today, who has spoken out about his depression.
Stormzy joins a list of popular figures such as Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax who have spoken about their experience of depression and are helping to normalize what many people are suffering in silence. Well worth a read or perhaps show this to someone who may be struggling.
I came across this useful article….it’s a good checklist to make sure you are doing the right things to help you sleep such as not using electronic screens before bed. It also offers practical tips including the 4-7-8 breathing technique which I recommend to clients with sleep problems. Hope you find it helpful..to read click here
I came across this in the Huffington Post and as there is nothing that I disagree with or would add to, I thought no point in reinventing the wheel! If you wonder what the top myths are (and see which ones you subscribe too) have a read of this: The Top Six Myths About Hypnotherapy
Research by Withington Hospital Manchester involved more than 200 patients with IBS who were monitored after undergoing gut-directed hypnotherapy, each recording their symptoms, quality of life and levels of anxiety and stress before and after treatment.
The researchers found that almost three-quarters (71%) of patients responded well to hypnotherapy and most did not deteriorate over time.
They concluded that “the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years”, making it “a viable therapeutic option” for treating IBS.
Another illustration of the power of hypnotherapy……An Australian man has broken the national record for weight loss, after losing over 200kg. Jordan Tirekidis, 47, weighed in at 310 kilograms in 2012, and over two and a half years battled to lose the weight that was threatening to prematurely end his life.
Here is an interesting short article but for those who just want a good laugh go to the end of the article and click on the radio clip – its only a couple of minute or so long but very hard to resist laughing at someone having a fit of the giggles on air. Enjoy.