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Medical hypnosis and hypnotherapy – influence on our health, use in modern psychotherapy

Many people think that conscious relaxation during the day gives only a temporary rest result. In fact, it is known that the method of hypnosis gives a therapeutic effect by increasing the production of so-called hormones of happiness, joy and tranquility – dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. If we add a suggestive effect, then we have a powerful tool for changing personal history and habits with the possibility of deprogramming of already established destructive programs.

Nowadays, many people have signs of endorphin hunger and associated negative conditions – increased level of irritability, excessive irascibility, depressions, sleep disorders, neuroses and even psychoses. We are talking about enough remarkable deterioration of the quality of life right up to strong psychosomatic disorders. It may last for years, and it forces people to seek the solution in medical preparations, which being misused, cause addiction to new painful symptoms and syndromes.synapsation-650x381

Hypnotherapy, hypnogestal and hypnosis can help with affective, dissociative and personality disorders, adaptation disorders and psychosomatic disorders. Author’s method of hypnotherapy is successful from 70 to 84% of cases with the mentioned disorders. Dr. Medvin has been working in this field since 1994.

According to the researches, people with numerous of mental and physiological problems, from depression to intestinal disorders, including gastritis and stomach and duodenal ulcers, receive good help as a result of trans therapy until the symptoms disappear completely. More and more traditional doctors, psychotherapists and psychiatrists advise patients to pass a course of therapeutic hypnosis.

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Why does the method of therapeutic hypnosis work?

Have you ever heard about endorphins? Beta-endorphins are a tool of homeostasis (balance) between the central nervous system and some external stressors. That is, if the external stressor is sufficiently prolonged and / or intense, the central nervous system stimulates the hypothalamus to produce Beta- endorphins. Endorphins, like serotonin, have a calming effect on the central nervous system, thereby eliminating the effect of a prolonged stressor. But if the stressor continues to work or becomes more intense, the hypothalamus does not manage to produce enough number of Beta-endorphins, and the person begins to react to external stressor with emotional outbursts (nervous breakdowns), tears, irritability, depression, etc. There comes an endorphin hunger. With prolonged lack of endorphins, serotonin tries to take on a restoring function and as a result, a person wants to sleep all the time, feeling sleepy and not rested during the day. But it also ends up if the stressors continue to irritate the central nervous system. Eventually, the reactive symptomatology develops into a clinical form and can create physiological reactions: causeless and frequent headaches, pain syndromes and various disorders. During the examination, doctors do not find any organic causes of the symptomatology. In this case we are dealing with psychosomatic pathology.

The opposite situation is possible. An organic cause is formed, for example stones in the kidneys. When the stones begin to move, a person feels pain. With repeated feelings of pain, the central nervous system begins to perceive this as a stressor. If the stressor is prolonged and intense, then we have the same picture as in psychosomatic disorders, but already with organic genesis. In this case, we are talking about somatopsychological pathology.

Both psychosomatics and somatopsychology can be treated with hypnosis. The method itself, even without a suggestive component, causes the hypothalamus to work under no timeline, producing additional portions of Beta-endorphins and serotonin. After a certain number of repeated sessions of therapeutic hypnotherapy, the homeostasis between the central nervous system and the stressor is restored, and the symptomatology passes away. Surely, with somatopsychological disorders, traditional therapy is needed to treat the organic cause of the disease.

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Studies confirming the effectiveness of therapeutic hypnosis

According to the World Health Organization, the following conclusions of the comparative analysis of the methods of different directions of practical psychology quite clearly say in favor of therapeutic hypnosis.

  • Cognitive therapy: 28% of complete recovery after 60 sessions;
  • Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis: 41% of complete recovery after 540 sessions;
  • Gestalt therapy: 52% of complete recovery after 60 sessions;
  • Behavioral psychotherapy: 79% of complete recovery after 42 sessions;
  • Hypnotherapy: 94% of recovery after 30 sessions.

According to this research, we see that hypnotherapy is more effective, and it takes significantly less time to achieve good results compared to other methods of psychotherapy.

In addition to the described neurophysiological benefits of therapeutic hypnosis, there is another component of this method, which is worth mentioning. This is purposeful therapeutic suggestion.

In the trance state, the level of susceptibility to the external verbal signal is significantly increased, that allows to make the intensity of emotional states more effectively lower, relieve emotional stress from painful memory, reduce the intensity of insults and feelings of guilt, cope with attacks of aggression and rage, and increase self-esteem and self-confidence.

How does it look like? Should I worry about something?

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The method of hypnosis lowers the frequency characteristics of brain waves to a sleepy state. This is the same state that you experience every night before falling asleep – a state of drowsiness. It rarely happens when a client falls asleep. At this time, the level of consciousness takes a passive position, that is, you can hear what the hypnologist tells you, only the level of reaction will be reduced or absent at all. Control of the situation will always be present. Therapeutic hypnotherapy has nothing common with mind control or scenic effects that you could see on the model of stage hypnotists.

What is being treated with hypnotherapy?

The following list of syndromes, conditions and symptoms is not limited. As you understand, each of them is a consequence of certain psychological processes in the body. But this is only the part of the whole picture, so hypnotherapy can not be called a panacea. A more correct approach is the system approach. That is, we must take into account physiology, psychology, energy manifestations and spiritual qualities. Only a global-system approach can give real and tangible results for the correction of health.

  • Insomnia
  • Dependencies
  • Anger
  • An increased level of anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Stuttering
  • Migraine
  • Diffidence
  • Loneliness
  • Different kinds of phobias
  • Food disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Weight raising
  • Self-evaluation
  • Panic attacks
  • Management of pain syndromes

Hypnotherapy also successfully copes with such syndromes and disorders:

An example of working with one of our techniques

The technique is called the “Time Line”. Do you have any grievances? Grievance is a reaction to the creation of an engram, a memory cell modulated with pain. And this pain can be physical, psychological or emotional. For example, a mother, not have listened to her nine-year-old son, puts him in a corner as punishment. A boy, feeling injustice, experiences psychological (mother pressure) and emotional pain (perception of a lack of love, desire to be understood, etc.). This memory is stored in the reactive part of the subconscious, as it is charged with emotional and psychological pain. Preserved in the reactive part of the subconscious, this engram begins to react to similar situations.

You have so many engrams, how many grievances you have. Grievance is the consequence of the birth of the engram, a memory cell with an emotional charge. It is this emotional charge that reacts to similar situations. The only way to stop this reaction is to remove the emotional charge from memory by re-training it from emotionally charged to neutral.

The problem is that the client may not remember the events that caused the offense. This event could happen in early childhood or be simply depressed. For example:

Patient Man, 44 years old. A high degree of phobia in audiences with the following symptoms:

  • Fainting;
  • sudden amnesia of the contents of the report;
  • tremor of hands;
  • severe sweating;
  • stuttering (in normal communication the client does not stutter);
  • sharp jumps in blood pressure.

During the hypnotic session, it turned out that when he was 4 years old, the kindergarten teacher asked him to learn the poem and tell it to the group. He agreed, but on the day of this event he was ridiculed by one of the classmates. He felt a sharp insult.

With the help of regressive hypnosis techniques, memory was restored, the emotional charge was removed and the event was transferred to the category of neutral ones. The 10 times repetition of the technique (10 sessions) was enough to create a new “reality”, and the nervous system began to react to this illusion as a reality in which there was no event itself and supporting / confirming / reinforcing the original engram events that occurred in the course of his life (especially in school). It took 10 more sessions to consolidate the new habit and practically create a new time line, rewriting the personal history of this client.

The method of discharging of painful emotions is one of the most complex techniques that our hypnologists use.

This technique is similar to the change in personal history technique and helps to reducing the degree of intensity (or complete withdrawal) of periodically arising unpleasant experiences and emotional reactions to stressors.

Certain hypnoinstruments are integrated into hypnoprotocols, which specially trained hypnologists conduct in hypnosis sessions with NeoSink® technology (special musical binaural tones). Without NeoSync® technology, these commands will run into the internal analyzer (which in its turn initiates the internal dialogue) of the client and will become the subject of filtering. Therefore, to achieve full effect, the client should be in a low alpha range of 5 – 8 Hz.

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How hypnosis works, how our hypnologists work, what our professionality is

It is not enough to own the mechanics of immersing customers in trance states. It is very important to understand the physiology of the process.

When the client is immersed into a hypnotic dream or half asleep, he does not think as he does in the waking state. Thus, his brain is in a receptive for trance state and it makes possible to carry out further work. The method of hypnosis inhibits the subcortical area of the brain, leaving a focus of excitement – the so-called report zone. The inhibited subcortex is asleep, and the hypnologist’s commands get in the brain through the report zone. As the inhibited and sleeping brain is not capable of reacting critically to the commands of the hypnologist, these commands go unimpededly into the subconscious structures and become part of the experience of the hypnotized.

How to find out if the person is in a trance or not? Does he go into a trance or not? How to distinguish hypnotic state from non-hypnotic? After all, the quality of suggestion depends on the depth (quality) of the trance state. Some of our therapists can feel what the client feels. They can rely on what they see, what hypnotized person feels, and of course, on the outwardly observable features.\

We also use a device that measures the degree of efferent response of the autonomic nervous system – it shows the percentage of relaxation in real time. Watching the device during the process, the therapist can tell what percentage of the semantic meaning of the words gets in the subconscious structures of the patient and becomes a part of them. A professional hypnologist must possess a collection of methods and techniques of immersion into the alpha-state. Professionalism is in the flexibility of choosing the methods that will be most effective with a particular client.

There are many options for immersing the client into a trance state. Here is one of them:

The hypnologist puts the person in a comfortable armchair, invites him to relax and get ready for sleep. Then the expert brings the opened palm a little above the level of eyes on the distance of 8-10 centimeters from the face, asking to look at the center of the palm, without distracting on any thoughts. Soon, due to strong eyes strain, the vision fatigue appears, and the hypnotized person has a desire to close his eyes. This is expressed in one-time, and then in more frequent blinking of eyes. In 3-5 minutes the hypnologist usually applies such formulas of suggestion: “In a few minutes you will plunge into a calm and deep sleep and will hear only my voice. Relax, calm down. Your breath calms down … It becomes slow, sleepy. Your eyelids get heavy … it’s hard for you to resist the desire to sleep. ” Etc.

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From the manual “The hypnologist-practitioner”, Y. Medvin

It is important to understand that the mechanical reproduction of the above techniques will not give the desired results. This is only the techniques of induction or immersion into the trance state. The art of the hypnologist is to know and possess the skills of conscious and purposeful action of suggestion on the base of the trance state to create a significant benefit for the client.

The conclusions of the professor of Stanford University Philip Zimbardo, after the sensational experiment in 1971, announce that under the influence our brain is able to defeat any diseases, including even incurable. That grain, which the hypnotherapist can sow in the head, can grow into an idea. And an idea can change the life. If, for example, a person is sick with agoraphobia (fear of open space) for 12 years and can go out only under the influence of strong nootropics, he no longer believes in improving of his condition.

Here are a few settings that patients say to themselves and others:

  • I cannot leave the house.
  • I’m scared after a hypertensive crisis.
  • I’m afraid to be alone.
  • I’m afraid to go mad.
  • I cannot go out alone.
  • I’m afraid to walk down the street.

These limiting settings literally program the human brain. Installation becomes a program, and the program, acquiring the habit of responding to an external stressor (to the open door, to the street, to the noise of people, etc.) becomes a template backed up with a neural network, which scientists call neural algorithms. It’s really hard to change. Consciousness, which is in the active phase, feeds these neural algorithms, supporting the status quo. Only making the vigilance of active compound of the consciousness asleep, it is possible to induct such settings that the nervous system will accept and begin to put them into effect.

Such settings may be:

  • I can easily leave the house whenever I want.
  • The hypertensive crisis was only once.
  • I want to do my health, walk a lot, do physical culture.
  • I can be alone.
  • Sometimes I like to be alone.
  • I’m smart, fast and adequately responsive to the external environment.
  • I can walk the streets when I want.

Repeating (20-40 sessions) during a decreased activity of the brain (trance, presonic state), the new setting creates its own neural algorithm, and if it is stronger than the previous one, the old algorithm is replaced with the new one. Man suddenly begins to believe in the opposite.

Here is another technique often used during the Hypnotherapy process:

A client in a trance is given with the suggestion that the symptom will appear before his mind in a concrete form: as a living being, as a color, sound, form or figure, or a mixture of all. Then the presentation of the symptom is modified or retracted. Daniel Araos gives an example: a symptom is premature ejaculation. In a trance, a man saw a rat that gnawed an electrical wire leading from the brain to the penis. He was offered to strengthen the wire with a metal net, this suggestion was not accepted (the client said: “The rat will gnaw the net”). Then another change was proposed: a strong electrical discharge passed through the wire and killed the rat. This suggestion was accepted, and the symptom disappeared. The possible option is in the following. It is necessary to find out whether the color, sound, sensation, form, emotion is associated with the image, and try to make changes in one of these parameters. If you can enter changes to at least one of the parameters, you can easily induct changes to other.

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Breakdowns and aggravations during the treatment

Breakdowns and aggravations during the first cycle of treatment are very typical. This is explained with the activation of the “protective” mechanisms of the afferent-efferent process, which will do absolutely everything to maintain the status quo – the comfort zone that is so familiar and so easy to perform. At the first risk of getting out of the comfort zone, the afferent-efferent mechanism begins to resist, creating various physiological phenomenons from point scab to the aggravation of symptoms.

We know that if there are changes during the process, for better or for worse, it means that the process is effective and, following it, you can cope with the chronic condition. It is important to notice that most people experience temporary worsening, the so-called aggravation. The degree of aggravation depends on the degree of chronic condition. It means that the more serious the chronic condition is, the stronger the aggravation will be.

Typically, the situation during the first cycle after the fifth session looks like this:ОБОСТРЕНИЕ

Horizontal scale – the number of sessions, starting with the fifth one (on the scale – the number 0).

Vertical scale – percentage of intensity of aggravated symptoms.

Two horizontal lines at the top and bottom of zero are the zone of normal or normal response to an external stressor.

Usually, exacerbations begin after the fifth session and last three sessions; to the eighth, they are gradually fading to the ninth session . Sometimes a hypnologist prescribes more than 10 sessions in a cycle: up to 16, to make sure that the intensity attenuation of the symptoms occurred.

Sometimes to cope with aggravations, we direct the patient to medication support, thereby lowering their degree or even completely reducing the intensity to none. The patient can then safely continue the hypnotherapy, not subjecting himself to extra suffering. This is done for better customer comfort. It is this tandem (hypnotherapy + drug treatment) that is our core, our know-how, through which we create a high level of success in our treatment of psychopathologies.

The special know-how of organically-based drugs and their combinations is a patented technology.

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Recommendations

To achieve maximum effect, we advise our patients to refrain from coffee and other nervous system-stimulating beverages. The same is about any alcohol. Ethyl alcohol contained in any commercial alcoholic beverage is a poison to the nervous system and is absolutely inappropriate not only during the treatment, but also after. Our specialists conduct more detailed explanatory talks about the harm of alcohol and its consequences to the nervous system. In addition, there are strictly recommended hourly walks after the session for being alone. These walks have a pronounced therapeutic effect.

Domestic people are warned about the need to create a tolerant and peaceful home environment with no quarrels, disputes and fights.

For the patient himself, it is best temporarily to give up work and other mind-occupying processes, if it is possible. During a one-month break between cycles, it is recommended to keep in touch with the hypnotherapist and / or doctor.

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Yuri Medvin,
Doctor of medical psychotherapy, professor, hypnotherapist (Kiev)

 

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