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Hypnosis can help those suffering from breast cancer

Hypnosis can have an effect on breast cancer symptoms
Hypnosis can have an effect on breast cancer symptoms

Hypnosis is a great way to help you become more calm and alert. It also makes it to work on personal changes in your life. Many use hypnosis to overcome fears, phobias, and habits that have developed into distractions in their lives. Here are three benefits you can get from hypnosis:

  • Under hypnosis, a person is more focused. Hypnosis can help you block out certain distractions and learn to focus on specifics. It can also help you concentrate on your memory.
  • Hypnosis brings a state of deep relaxation. One of the best things about hypnosis is the ability to completely relax. This does several things. It helps make it easier to relax and deal with fears, anxieties, phobias and other difficulties in your life.
  • Hypnosis can help you be more open to suggestion. Hypnosis enables you to open your mind to changes you have not yet discovered. Because hypnosis bypasses the critical mind and enters directly into the subconscious, changes are easier to accept by the mind. This lets you make changes “from the inside out” so to speak.

In certain cancer patients, research studies have shown to help reduce side effects associated with cancer treatments such as:

  • pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stress
  • anxiety

A hypnotist or hypnotherapist can help you find a way to help you through various methods. The hypnotist may talk using a soothing voice to help you relax. They may make positive suggestions to help change behaviors. And a good hypnotist will always encourage you through powerful imagery while under hypnosis.

Although there are no specific studies on the actual outcomes of hypnosis and breast cancer itself, there have been studies on hypnosis and the side effects of dealing with cancer treatment. In 1983, Stafford University published a study followed 54 women with metastatic breast cancer for one year. Some women were offered group therapy each week and some were trained in self-hypnosis directed at reducing their cancer pain. The hypnosis techniques taught allow the pain to happen, but patients were told to imagine sensations in the pain areas, such as feelings of freezing cold or warm tingles. They were taught to focus their attention on the imagined sensations instead of the pain. The patients taking part in both group therapy and self-hypnosis were found to have lower pain ratings than those who only had group therapy or had no therapy or hypnosis.

One Italian study published in Oncology in 2000 followed 16 adult cancer patients suffering from “anticipatory” nausea and vomiting. This is when a patient suffers from nausea and vomiting before entering their next chemotherapy dose. This study showed that the patients that underwent hypnosis before their chemotherapy had no anticipatory nausea or vomiting at all. It completely disappeared.

Hypnosis can help with the symptoms some patients have associated with cancer treatments. Seek out a professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist and make sure they are certified. Because there is no specific licensing agency in the US for hypnotists, do your research, first.


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