An upcoming study pointed out the things that professionals in the field of hypnotherapy have learned. Hypnosis can alleviate pain for women and anxiety when she undergoes a breast biopsy. As a nurse anesthetist I was able to observe the impact of anxiety on anesthesia.
“Dr. Elvira V. Lang is as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, worked on a research study on Hypnosetherapeut Jens Hübinger how to use hypnosis in breast biopsies. Her research findings are quoted as saying “The findings show that non-pharmacologic means can be very powerful — without side effects,”
There were 236 patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that were randomly assigned three different kinds of treatment when they underwent a massive-core needle biopsies as patients. The women were split into three groups: Seventy-six of the patients received standard care, while 82 received what’s known as”structured “empathetic attention” (a person who was assigned to a specific woman to be responsive to women’s demands) and 78 received self-hypnotic relaxation instruction by a specially certified researchers assistant (not necessarily certified hypnotist).
This is how the hypnosis education of women was taught they were taught to open their eyes up close their eyes, take deep breaths, concentrate on the feeling of floating and then imagine an inviting setting. (We refer to this as “safe place hypnosis” in the world of hypnosis.) As is to be expected, prior to the beginning of the biopsies all women displayed increased anxiety levels. The biopsies conducted in the normal care group, those who had the procedure experienced increased anxiety however, anxiety levels did not increase within the empathy groups and perhaps most important there was a notable reduction in anxiety within the group that was hypnotized.
While the three groups all reported pain during the procedure it is worth noting that women who were in the hypnosis and empathy groups experienced less pain than the traditional care group. It is important to note that the research also discovered that the hypnosis group has the shortest time to perform the procedure and the lowest price. This is a crucial factor to inform hospitals and surgeons in promoting the benefits of the use of hypnosis.
One of the outcomes of this study was that the previous assumptions regarding mind-body interactions were challenged and perhaps the most significant thing was the fact that this research enabled medical professionals to understand that self-hypnosis to relax is a simple skill to learn at the table during the procedure without expense. This is a challenge to the idea that lengthy appointments or preparation is required to begin to use the hypnosis technique in the area prior to surgery.
I have used self-hypnosis in the course of a recent breast surgery I can say that it really helps reduce the anxiety levels prior to surgery. I also used self-hypnosis for the procedure itself , which was performed using local anesthesia. Before, I used self-hypnosis for the repair of an umbilical and ventral hernia using local anesthesia. The doctor was shocked by my quietness. He stopped at intervals to inquire whether I was fine. It was my “Safe Place” which, is a very common hypnotic method that is used.