Hypnosis ‘can help ease motor neurone disease

Motor Neurone Disease

Hypnosis ‘can help ease motor neurone disease

THE power of hypnosis is being used for the first time in Tyneside to help control symptoms in patients with motor neurone disease. Health Reporter Helen Rae takes a look at this alternative form of therapy.

HYPNOTHERAPY can, at times, be associated with showmen peddling silly pranks in front of packed-out theatres. But this holistic therapy can be an alternative form of health treatment, which is said to use the healing powers of the mind to help tackle a whole host of medical problems.

And for the first time in Tyneside, hypnosis is being used to help those live with debilitating motor neurone disease (MND).

Lisa Cairns, clinical hypnotist at Newcastle’s St Oswald’s Hospice, is currently carrying out a PhD to look at the use of hypnosis in controlling symptoms in patients with the condition.

Her study involves helping patients control their saliva secretions, a common symptom of MND.

Since qualifying as a hypnotist in 2002, Lisa, of Woodside, Ryton, has helped as many as 10 people alleviate their symptoms of MND and curb their saliva problems by the use of hypnotherapy.

The 39-year-old said: “The original idea to use hypnosis for MND came from a patient who had tried medication and radiotherapy to control one of her salivary glands, with little benefit. MND patients produce normal amounts of saliva, but in some patients the disease impairs swallowing, which causes the saliva to spill out of the mouth instead of being swallowed.

“The use of hypnosis could appear to be an unusual approach, but dentists trained in clinical hypnosis use this technique to dry the mouth to allow them to carry out procedures.

“We also know from existing research that hypnosis can influence the […]

By |December 17th, 2008|Disease, Men's Issues, Resources, The Mind, Womens Issues|Comments Off on Hypnosis ‘can help ease motor neurone disease

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

Innovative treatment for IBS in children

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

AN innovative town centre company (Warrington UK) helping relieve serious medical problems took home the innovation and research prize from this year’s business awards.

Healthy Audio, based at the Guardian Medical Centre on Guardian Street, researches, develops, distributes and retails self help audio programmes for clinical and none clinical conditions in the UK and worldwide.

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Their IBS Audio Program 60 for children, helps mitigate the painful and distressing condition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Recurrent Abdominal Pain in children between the ages of 8 to 13 years old.

Developer and managing director Michael Mahoney said the award was a great achievement of his work.

He added: “It sums up my work wonderfully, which is about developing innovative, researched solutions for medical and non medical conditions of mind, body and emotion.

“Building on the success of our IBS audio program 100 for adults, which is trusted and respected worldwide, this award gives us a great springboard to replicate that success with the IBS Audio Program 60 for children.

“The high calibre of companies who entered the awards, makes winning even more of an achievement.”

More about the Program

Welcome Parents

Functional or recurrent abdominal pain or RAP, tummy aches, missed school and the various symptoms of functional motility disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome  in children, is not new, but finding an appropriate treatment for your child may prove to be quite frustrating. While many medications and behavioral treatment methods can provide some relief for your child, you may still be searching for something more effective that can be used alongside treatment prescribed by your child’s physician or doctor.

The […]

Relax – A Clients view

Relax – A Client’s view

A Relax – A Client’s view. Just when I thought there weren’t enough hours in a day, I discovered a new way to relax thanks to hypnotherapy with Phil Green.  This in turn allowed me to manage my time with an altogether calmer and more productive approach.  His warm and confidential manner made me feel instantly at ease and positive.  I’d tried so hard to relax but life just seemed to be running on at such a pace, I couldn’t keep up.  Phil’s relaxation hypnosis was just the ticket and I’d certainly recommend his services – thank you Phil.

TG Birmingham.

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Hypnotherapy significantly improves symptoms in IBS patients

Hypnotherapy significantly improves symptoms in IBS patients

Hypnotherapy significantly improves quality of life in irritable bowel syndrome patients, both in the short- and long-term, claim British researchers reporting to the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology)conference.

Two research teams investigated the impact of hypnotherapy on quality of life in patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They presented their findings at the British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Birmingham, England.

In the first study, investigators from the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, evaluated the impact of gut-directed hypnotherapy upon health-related quality of life (HRQoL) status in IBS patients. A total of 75 IBS patients (55 females, median age 37 years) were enrolled in the trial. The predominant symptoms among the patients were abdominal pain in 46 (61%), altered bowel habit in 24 (32%), and abdominal bloating in 5 (7%).

Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales, and an IBS disease-specific quality of life tool (IBSQoL) were used to measure outcomes. The researchers took measurements at baseline (pre-treatment) and at 3 months post-treatment. There were found to be statistical improvements in all domains of the IBSQoL (emotional, mental, and physical health, sleep, energy, diet, and social and physical role) after treatment. Improvements were most marked in female patients, particularly those with predominant abdominal pain. Furthermore, significant improvements were seen in both males and females for anxiety and depression.

Dr G. D. Smith commented that gut-directed hypnotherapy had a very positive impact upon psychological well being and HRQoL in IBS. This appeared most effective in patients with a predominant symptom of abdominal pain and bloating. The authors recommended that a randomized, controlled study of hypnotherapy in IBS should be conducted.

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Hypnotherapy improves non-cardiac chest pain for IBS

Hypnotherapy improves non-cardiac chest pain for IBS

Yes – Hypnotherapy improves non-cardiac chest pain for IBS. Hypnotherapy may improve non-cardiac chest pain as for IBS Hypnotherapy appears to have use in a highly selected group of non-cardiac chest pain patients, reports September’s issue of Gut. Non-cardiac chest pain is an extremely debilitating condition of uncertain origin which is difficult to treat and consequently has a high psychological morbidity. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome where its beneficial effects are long lasting. Professor Peter Whorwell and colleagues from England assessed the efficacy of hypnotherapy in patients with angina-like chest pain.Coronary angiography was normal and esophageal reflux was not contributory in these patients.

The investigators evaluated 28 patients fulfilling the entry criteria. The patients were randomized to receive either 12 sessions of hypnotherapy or supportive therapy plus placebo medication over a 17 week period.The investigative team’s primary outcome measure was global assessment of chest pain improvement. 80% of hypnotherapy patients had global improvement in pain Gut. Secondary variables were a change in scores for quality of life, pain severity, pain frequency, anxiety, and depression, and any alteration in the use of medication.

The investigators found that 80% of hypnotherapy patients compared with 23% of controls experienced a global improvement in pain.The improvement in pain was associated with a significantly greater reduction in pain intensity although not frequency. The team observed that hypnotherapy also resulted in a greater improvement in overall well being in addition to a reduction in medication usage.There were no differences favouring hypnotherapy with respect to anxiety or depression scores. Professor Whorwell’s team comments, “Hypnotherapy appears to have use in this highly selected […]

By |July 13th, 2008|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Men's Issues, Pain, The Mind, Womens Issues|Comments Off on Hypnotherapy improves non-cardiac chest pain for IBS

Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies

BBC Examines Alternative Therapies

Imagine having your dentist pull your teeth out and drill into your jaw with no anaesthetic – just someone muttering in your ear about being on the beach.   Sounds alarming?  Welcome to the extraordinary world of hypnotherapy.

Half a million people in England use hypnotherapy every year.  It’s claimed it can help with smoking, obesity, tinnitus, weight loss, phobias, allergies, anxiety and even breast enlargement.  What do we know about hypnotherapy and hypnosis?  And how are scientists trying to find out about how it works and its effectiveness?

In the first in a new series, Professor Kathy Sykes, Professor of Science and Society at Bristol University, embarks on a personal and scientific journey to explore three popular alternative therapies: reflexology, meditation and hypnotherapy.

Travelling across the UK, Europe and over the Atlantic to Montreal, Kathy Sykes, in a journey that is at times funny, intimate, moving and revealing, she follows patients who are pinning their hopes on hypnotherapy.  There is Richard, the policeman, who wants to quit smoking; Nicola, who wants to eat less chocolate; and Mandy, who wants teeth implants without anaesthetic. Kathy herself has a go at being hypnotised as she tries to understand more about the science behind the hypnotic “trance.”

She meets hypnotherapists, and also mainstream scientists, who are looking inside our brains to try and unravel what goes on during hypnosis.  She meets Professor Peter Whorwell in Manchester who is pioneering the use of hypnotherapy for people suffering from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

A mixture of serious science and personal journey – Alternative Therapies is intriguing viewing for anyone interested […]

A tot of hypnosis stopped me drinking

Hypnosis stopped me drinking

A tot of hypnosis stopped me drinking

Over the Christmas period I was suddenly surprised by faith. I don’t mean that I found God; I mean that over a few days, against my preconceptions, I become a true believer in hypnosis. On December 5 I went to a hypnotherapist to be hypnotised into stopping drinking, and it worked.

ProseccoAs a scientific materialist, I have always been sceptical about alternative therapies. There may just be something in black boxes or Rolfing or homeopathy, but there just isn’t enough evidence – or in some cases any evidence – that they work. There certainly isn’t enough scientific evidence about any of them to justify chancing National Health Service money on them. All the same, hypnotism seems to have done something remarkable for me.

It began when my GP, who is a friend and knows I love medical talk, was discussing treatments of fashionable obsessive compulsive and eating disorders: he remarked that hypnotherapy seemed to work surprisingly well for some people. “Does it work for drinking?” I found myself asking. He replied that it was worth trying and recommended someone nearby.

This is not a confessional column. I am not proposing to use the word alcoholic. I reject the notion of middle-aged, middle-class binge drinkers. All I am saying is that I recognised late last year that the time had come for me to take control of alcohol before it took control of me; there are alcoholics in my family, and my husband’s parents conducted life afloat on a choppy sea of dry martinis, carefully chosen wine and digestifs. Hypnosis sounded quick, and if it worked, easy. So off I […]

By |February 18th, 2008|Addiction, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Men's Issues, The Mind, Weight Management, What Conditions Can Hypnosis Help, Womens Issues|Comments Off on A tot of hypnosis stopped me drinking

Therapy maze

Therapy maze

A guide to the therapy maze

How can you recognise which therapies are safe and who are the reputable practitioners? Here we guide you through the therapy maze.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is it?

Practical techniques are used to turn negative thoughts and actions into more positive ones.

How does it work?

The CBT therapist is a bit like a personal mental trainer – they set goals and give the client clear guidelines about how to achieve the changes they want.

The Claims

Clinical trials have shown it is very effective in treating phobias, anxiety, depression and compulsive disorders such as severe over-eating or obsessive cleanliness. Businesses swear by it for stress management. The Department of Health gives it their seal of approval.

The Pain

All therapy can bring unpleasant buried emotions to the surface and CBT is no exception. It is also very goal-oriented and some people may feel that it puts too much pressure on them to achieve results.

Who should do it

Particularly suitable for people with anxiety, phobias and depression. But if you are looking for an in-depth understanding of your relationships, this may not be the therapy for you.

Our expert says:

‘Research has shown that this therapy is very effective in helping people tackle their problems, be they phobias, stress, depression or compulsive behaviour. It is very problem-solving and can produce remarkable results.

‘The downside is that if you really don’t want to face your fears, the therapy itself might increase your anxieties.’ SP


What is it?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, you are not unconscious during hypnosis – but your conscious awareness operates at a different, deeper level.

How does it work?

Before clients enter the hypnotic state, they […]

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Ease bowel illness

Ease bowel illness

Hypnosis ‘can ease bowel illness’

Hypnosis could ease symptoms. Hypnotherapy could help people with severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say. Doctors should consider using this and other “psychological” treatments such as antidepressants to help sufferers, King’s London experts say in the British Medical Journal. However, a shortage of therapists could hinder this, they add.

Experts said there was growing evidence that IBS cases have psychological as well as biological elements.

Other therapies

IBS is a common and painful medical condition that has a wide range of symptoms, including regular abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation. Conventional medicines prescribed for IBS often ease symptoms partially, or not at all. Using a psychological treatment does not mean that the disease is ‘all in the mind’ Dr Ian Forgacs, Kings College London

Many scientists now believe that the cause in many cases is a combination of mental and physical factors, and that the drugs commonly used to tackle it may be aiming at the wrong target. Patients with IBS are more likely to be diagnosed with depression.

Dr Ian Forgacs, a consultant gastroenterologist from Kings College, says that doctors are often reluctant to prescribe anti-depressants, especially in patients who, apart from their IBS, show no outward signs of being depressed.

He urged them to consider other forms of psychological therapy, including hypnotherapy, as an alternative in some cases.

“Patients with irritable bowel syndrome should be made aware of the existence of these treatments so that they can make informed choices,” he said.

“Specifically, they should be made aware that using a psychological treatment does not mean that the disease is ‘all in the mind’.”

He found that one of the most effective treatments for IBS in research studies were so-called […]

By |February 18th, 2008|Anxiety, Digestive Disorders, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, Stress|Comments Off on Ease bowel illness

Hypnosis for the people

Hypnosis for the people

All doctors should know how to perform hypnotherapy on their patients, according to a US expert. 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.

Professor Spiegel told BBC News Online: “We have more and more people living with these illnesses who need help coping with them, and hypnosis is a safe and effective way to teach people how to manage their own response, how to take the edge off their pain, how to think through their anxiety and not let it overwhelm them.”

The Stanford scientist made his comments at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. He teaches self-hypnosis to help people manage their symptoms themselves.

Different colours

“If they have pain, I’ll have them imagine they’re doing to the part of their body that hurts what they actually do in the real world when it hurts, whether it’s using a bag of ice cubes or applying heat.”

Professor Spiegel said studies had shown hypnosis did help patients. In a study of women with breast cancer his team is due to publish later this year, those given support plus self-hypnosis had half the pain of those not given that combination.

His team has also found evidence that the brain’s reaction can be changed under hypnosis.

A study of people classed as highly receptive to hypnosis looked at how colour was processed in their brains.

Real view

They were shown patterns, either in colour, or in shades of grey. […]

By |February 18th, 2008|Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Resources, Reviews, Self Hypnosis, The Mind|Comments Off on Hypnosis for the people
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