Labor pains, help quitting smoking, anxiety, pediatric illnesses, weight loss - these are just a few of the many ailments that can be helped with hypnotherapy. David Barr, practicing hypnotist (who by the way also practices Reiki, Dreamwork and Shamanism!), recently stopped by Direct Doctors to help me learn more about these arts. He states his quit rate for smokers who undergo one long hypnosis session with him is extremely high!
I wanted to be sure his results weren't just his practice so I looked into hypnosis as a healer.
In a 2011 review in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, "hypnosis was consistently found superior to standard medical care, supportive counseling, and childbirth education classes in reducing pain, and also shortening labor and improving Apgar scores." A 2012 trial in the American Journal of Medicine "suggested potential benefits" of smoking cessation through hypnotherapy. In 2006, a study on men with prostate cancer revealed hypnosis to help significantly reduce anxiety related to having a diagnosis of cancer.
And this is just the beginning. I know I'm excited to learn more about how hypnosis can help! If you are too, I would love to have you join me and David on 2/17 from 6-8pm at the Wickford practice to learn some self-hypnosis techniques that you can use for your own anxiety and to learn more about how you can improve your InnerVision!
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.