The scientific consensus is that Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and chronic disease as a group, arise from an interaction of genes and environmental triggers. Hypnotherapy addresses the environmental triggers of these chronic disease, most importantly, the psychological triggers.
“Genes probably account for one third of the risk, but something in the environment accounts for the rest”, says Noel R. Rose. MD, phD. Director of the John Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research.
So what is the rest? What are those environmental influences and triggers? Is it just the external environment such as sunlight, toxins, and food? Or are there other environmental factors that influences our health?
Epigenetics, is a new field of biology that describes how each cell of our bodies is constantly communicating and assessing its environment through the outer membrane of each cell. Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a renowned cell biologist, describes the precise molecular pathways through which the cells in our bodies are affected by the internal environmental factor – our thoughts. He marks the importance of perception – how we interpret what is happening in our lives.
How you are perceiving life through your tinted lens of the world is being transmitted to each cell of our body. – Bruce Lipton, cell biologist
Hypnotherapy for chronic illness is recommended in Epigenetics to influence bodily functions through altering how we think, what we believe and what we perceive.
Candace Pert, former neuroscientist whose research helped create the new field of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNL) studied the influence of our emotions on our cells. Dr. Pert described how our neuropeptides communicate our thoughts, feelings, and self talk to each one of our cells.
Dr. Pert called this new science mind-body medicine.
Both Lipton and Pert have come to the conclusion that what we think, believe, and feel in each moment influences our cells including our immune system and nervous system cells.
“Both personality (or a person’s behavioral characteristics) and stress have been found to be influential in MS genesis and progression.” Dr. Fulcher, MS Society Senior Clinical Psychologist and Dr. Pearce, MS Society Medical Doctor, In Touch Magazine, Australia
PNI studies the interrelationship between the mind, the immune system, and the nervous system. Dr. Alexandra Concorde in her article “Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology – Mind Body Integrated Health” explains how PNI provides a platform to understand:
How the exposure to stress and stressors may be relevant to onset and progression of clinical diseases.
How we perceive and our personal experiences, unresolved negative emotions, psychological states, internal conflicts, personality traits, emotional and coping behavior may be linked to disease predispositions and prognosis.
How many complementary approaches may actually work and how to make them even more effective, predictable and reproducible.
Barry Evan’s from the University of Melbourne in “An Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology, Mind-Body Healing and Hypnosis” stresses the use of “hypnosis and other psycho-social interventions to improve suppression and competence of the immune system in autoimmune diseases.”
Our Thoughts Effect the Immune and Nervous System
In summary, these new fields of science are pointing to:
How we think, feel, believe, value and behave has a direct effect on our immune and nervous system.
Transforming these mental patterns through hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and other psychosocial interventions could effectively alter the progression of multiple sclerosis as well as other chronic diseases.