Meditation and hypnosis are centuries old and now becoming mainstream practices in society. Both are being integrated into traditional medical treatments and are currently being researched by top medical facilities for additional applications. Both are widely accepted for stress reduction, high blood pressure reduction, and coping with many medical disorders as well as being instrumental in changing behavior.
The 2011 Mayo Clinic Guide to Alternative Medicine gave hypnosis the green light, “Hypnosis may help you cope better with certain medical conditions, stop unwanted habits or reduce stress related to medical procedures.”
According to the Mayo Clinic website:
“Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and improve certain medical conditions.”
“Hypnosis may help you cope better with certain medical conditions, stop unwanted habits or reduce stress related to medical procedures. The effects of hypnosis can be long lasting and can improve your overall quality of life.”
Hospitals, research facilities and universities across the country are embracing hypnosis in a variety of areas for multiple purposes.
Harvard Health Publications reported “Mindfulness improves quality of life.” The February issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, “takes a detailed look at how learning to focus the mind can be a healthful antidote to the stresses of everyday living.” The article went on to say, “One of the more popular ways to practice mindfulness is through meditation.”
NYU Langone Medical Center’s MindBody Education & Patient Care Program encourages recovery and well-being with a variety of methods which include, mindfulness, meditation, and hypnosis. Emerald Dream Hypnosis’s The Path combines focused intention guided meditation and hypnosis.
ABC News aired a news report on how hypnosis positively impacted recovery for breast cancer patients:
In December 2010, The Oprah magazine, had an article dealing with Oprah’s weight loss struggles. At the heart what finally worked for her was dealing with the conflict between the subconscious and conscious mind. “Subconscious urges to eat stem from anxiety – fear – about a multitude of things. And until you deal with that fear, the fat will stay.”
Hypnosis is positively associated with smoking cessation too. Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres and others have used this method to gain release from cigarettes.
Matt Damon quit smoking after filming Oceans 12 with the help of hypnosis: