Hypnotherapy can help with IVF!
On the 30th June 2004, the Daily Mail published a story documenting positive research carried out into IVF treatment backed up by hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is not magic but once again it appears it can be a very powerful adjunct to traditional methods.
The research was carried out in Israel. To read furt
her on this evidence, go to the BBC website to read their article ‘Hypnosis doubles IVF Success'
To read an article online about how hypnotherapy can help the success rate of IVF click on the following Daily Mail online link
‘Professor David Spiegel, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, said the therapy had been shown to help patients deal with pain, and could potentially be used in many other situations, such as helping people cope with long-term illnesses.
Go to the BBC website to find out why American doctors are being advised to use hypnosis with their patients.
'The evidence really is there', says Peter Naish of the Open University. Whilst pointing to the trickery aspect of stage hypnosis, this article on the Guardian website highlights just how much evidence now exists to support the therapeutic value of hypnotherapy. The aspect of the evidence that seems to be developing most strongly is an understanding of the underlying 'mechanisms' in hypnosis - in other words, how it works, not just that it does work. The scientific community will feel much more comfortable with a process which can be explained and understood. For those of you who didn't already realise - hypnosis is not a belief, it is something we know works and have done for a very long time.
In an article entitled 'That sinking Feline', the Guardian lists some famous cases of cat phobia. In summary, the article suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy and indeed hypnotherapy can both be extremely useful over a few sessions as treatments for all specific phobias whether animals or otherwise.
Paul Rincon of the BBC reports on trials that suggest children in hypnosis suffer less pain from procedures as well as less cancer pain. Read this interesting report that even suggests there may be some evidence of hypnosis prolonging the life expectancy of cancer patients.