As a Cognitive hypnotherapist, we are taught that the mind and body are connected as one whole. There is no separation. What affects the mind affects the body and vice versa. So yes, I believe hypnosis can heal the physical body.
Some people can smoke all their life and do not get cancer. Yet others are susceptible to second-hand cancer. It seems that we all have different thresholds levels and the interesting questions are why this happens? Could this be linked to the placebo effect? The placebo effect is the most powerful natural means of physical healing known to us, and if Cognitive Hypnotherapy can be utilised to help trigger this, then its use in healing is an effective one.
What do I mean by healing?
But let’s be clear, healing doesn’t mean that we can cure illness necessarily. It means we can reduce the symptoms of illness and disease. So we can not say that there will be a hypnosis cure. Yet we still need to remain open to the possibility of miracles happening, because they do.
This isn’t just pop-science; there is a wealth of medical research that backs up how our thoughts influence our physical responses.
This can be explained by Divine intervention, or more practically Orr’s law. This law highlights the importance of individual perception and how this can play a key role in determining behaviour and belief.
As Dr Leonard Orr noted, the human mind behaves as if it were divided into 2 parts, the thinker, and the prover. The thinker can think himself sick and he can also think himself well again. The prover works on a more simplistic mechanism and it operates on one law only, whatever the thinker thinks, the prover proves.
In a nutshell, we are or can become what we think…
Healing (or miracles) taken place at Lourdes
If the thinker or believer thinks “holy water” from Lourdes will cure an illness, it’s been proven this can happen. The prover or believer within could orchestrate all signals from various part of the body. It’s possible this could continue until they organise themselves back to good health. This isn’t just based on religious beliefs, but more on the thinker really believing it’s possible.
What medical science tells us about the mind’s effect on the body?
Every medical student learns in passing that the mind can affect the body and that some people get better when they believe falsely that they are getting medicine (even if they are only getting a sugar pill), and this is known as the placebo effect.
- Throughout 1920 to 1930s, a group of Russian Scientist showed through experiments that classical Pavlovian conditioning could both suppress and enhance the immune response with guinea pig and rabbits. In the 1970s Robert Ader coined the term psychoneuroimmunology and also proved on tests with rats, that they could suppress their own immune system.
- In the 1990s Howard Hall showed us that human subjects could affect cellular function in the immune system, through conscious intervention, using hypnosis, relaxation and guided imagery.
- Dr Candace Pert, PhD, has spent many years studying how the body and the mind process emotions. Through the course of her research, she found that when someone experiences an emotion, the body responds by releasing chemical messengers called neuropeptides. These messengers deliver their signals by fitting into a cell-like a key. The cells that are “listening” for these messages have a receptor, like a lock, that allows a specific neuropeptide to fit in. When the lock and key match, that cell, and thus your brain, know that you are experiencing a specific emotion.
- Once Dr Pert learned how the body processes and understands emotions, she set out to find out where the receptors (or “locks”) were. What she found was truly fascinating. While there are centres in our brains that are overall processors of emotions, there are cells all over our bodies with receptors for emotional signals. These cells are in our immune system, in our blood, in our bones – everywhere. Our whole body experiences emotions. Our body also holds memories of emotions in these same cells. So, when someone feels anger, they are affecting their entire body. When someone experiences joy, they are affecting their entire body
- Lydia Temoshok, a famous psychologist has shown that cancer patients who kept emotions such as anger under the surface, had slower recovery rates than those in touch with their existence. David Spiegel of Stanford has convincingly shown that being able to express emotions such as anger and grief can improve survival rates in cancer patients.
- Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his book Love, Medicine, and Miracles, in which he explored the powerful role the mind, can play in fighting illness. Sharing stories of seriously ill patients who survived against the odds and those who seemed to give in to their own deaths, the book inspires the reader to consider the possibilities of thinking themselves well. Siegel believed and still does, that the power to heal comes from the human mind through the will, determination, and love.
- Dr Hamer has researched over 10,000 cases of cancer and strongly believes that all cancer starts with a severe psychological conflict that throws the body into shock. This is something to be considered when treating a client with cancer.
Stress and the body
Not everyone who gets infected with disease-causing viruses or bacteria develops the clinical disease. Interesting research, especially relevant now during COVID 19.
There has been some research around the psychological characteristics associated with susceptibility to viruses. This research shows that people who felt stressed, worried or anxious were more likely to develop symptoms of the disease.
How Cognitive hypnosis can heal the body?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy offers a myriad of possible ways that clients can heal themselves, by bringing inner transformation that leads to peace.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy believes that significant emotional events, negative beliefs and attitudes can be part of the chain that leads to disease or illness. So a client’s previous and present emotional history may affect their health, effective functioning and well being.
TimeLine therapy can help identify negative blocks in a client, which can then be reframed into a more positive memory. If you then factor in the principles of the “Butterfly Effect” which theorises that if a person removes the emotional context of a significant emotional event, this could then affect any associated illness. The effect this has on the illness could be measured on a scale from no effect whatsoever, to total cure.
It may also provide the means of directly influencing the body’s response to some diseases, concentrating immune system resources against problems such as cancer or viral infections. The can be done through self-hypnosis, visualisation, deep trance relaxation, and the utilisation of techniques that enable the client to strengthen their immune system.