Science Behind Hypnotherapy for Chronic Illness & MS
The science behind hypnotherapy for chronic illness and MS is based on the research that connects the interaction of genes and environmental triggers to the onset and exacerabation of disease.
“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.
Environment risk factors are not just toxins, poor nutrition and polutants, the biological factors, but also psychological and well as social factors. Hypnotherapy addresses the psycho-social factors, that is emotions, limiting beliefs, relationship styles, and our general perception of our lives. Psycho-social factors have such as critical an influence on the immune system, nervous system and all cells in the body as biological factors.
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 psychological factor – our thoughts. He marks the importance of perception (how we interpret what is happening in our lives) and cell health.
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 is recommended in Epigenetics as a means to influence bodily functions and cell health through altering how we think, what we believe, and what we perceive.
Candace Pert, a 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, an 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 Affect 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 psycho-social factors through hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and as well as other therapies that address and modify the underlying beliefs, emotions, and perceptions of life could effectively alter the progression of MS and chronic diseases in general.
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