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Medical Hypnotherapy

Medical Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for but an adjunct to traditional medicine. Trained health-care professionals are using hypnotherapy to treat various physical and emotional disorders.  Most medical schools do not teach hypnosis, however a program on hypnosis has been established at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City. One of the most fascinating aspects of hypnosis is that it permits you to manipulate body functions over which you normally have no control Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in alleviating asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions, relieving irritable bowel syndrome, minimizing nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy, and reducing stress which can be a factor in high blood pressure

 Virginia has taken her Hypnotherapy training from Melissa Roth a world renowned leader in treating IBS and Fibromyalgia with hypnotherapy. Melissa has developed a number of unique approaches to chronic illnesses which have become the treatments of choice worldwide. 

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Dr. Andrew Weil states:

From Ancient Roots to Modern Use

     Known as "sleep healing" in ancient Greece and "mind cure" in the fourteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries, what we now call hypnosis has a long history of therapeutic use. In the first half of this century it came into favor as a treatment for battle fatigue (what would now be called post-traumatic stress disorder), and later found a niche as a useful approach for kicking habits such as smoking and overeating. More recently I�ve seen this versatile modality gain wider acceptance for a broader spectrum of applications, as more and more people explore mind-body approaches to healing. Meanwhile, scientific researchers have been looking at the benefits of hypnotherapy in a number of small studies. Here�s a brief sampling of what they�ve found:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome. A British study of 18 adults with IBS published in The Lancet found that hypnosis "strikingly" reduced colonic motility, thus decreasing diarrhea and cramping (July 11, 1992).
  • Erectile dysfunction. In a controlled study of 79 men with impotence from no known organic cause, only hypnosis proved more effective than a placebo, boosting sexual function by 80 percent (British Journal of Urology,February 1996).
  • Preparing for surgery. A controlled study of 32 coronary bypass patients showed that those taught self-hypnosis pre-operatively were more relaxed after surgery and had less need for pain medication (Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, February 1997).
  • Pain.A review panel appointed by the National Institutes of Health found "strong evidence" for the use of hypnosis in alleviating pain associated with cancer (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 24-31, 1996).

      Here at the Clinic, hypnotherapy has been used effectively to treat a remarkable range of conditions. My collegue has  seen the most dramatic results with dermatological and gastrointestinal problems, as the skin and gut are areas of the body where stress is commonly expressed. In my own practice, I�ve recommended hypnotherapy to help ease chronic pain, lessen the side effects of chemotherapy, alleviate symptoms of autoimmune disease, and counteract anxiety and sleep disorders. Hypnotherapy can also be used to improve performance skills, as a form of analgesia or sedation for medical and dental procedures--even to stop hemorrhaging in accident victims. In general, I believe that no condition is out of bounds for trying hypnotherapy on.


Virginia combines EFT, Hypnotherapy for one of the most up to date treatment modalities. Hypnotherapy with EFT added has  proven to be extremely effective. 


  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

       Hypnotherapy has also been very effective as an adjunct treatment to  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Studies  have shown that combining conventional medical treatment and hypnotherapy  produces dramatic symptom reduction  and alleviation.


 Fibromyalgia (FMS)

   Conventional medical treatment   combined w ith hypnotherapy has been shown to significantly reduce pain, fatigue on awakening, and significant improvement in overall levels of discomfort.


Pulmonary Medicine

Several trials have evaluated hypnosis for asthma patients. The results were encouraging showing a reduction of medication and decreased hospital admissions.

 The bottom line is that when properly used hypnotherapy can be beneficial. 


James H. Steward, M.D.: Mayo Clinic April 2005

Gerard V. Sunnen, M.D.