Hippocrates once wrote, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
The ancient Greeks used the mind-body connection for healing on a regular basis as a normal way of healing, and it was considered an important aspect in the health of an individual. This was put to the wayside when modern medicine made its appearance.
This ideal has just recently started to be taken seriously again, and is being proven in studies and research. The following visualization therapy information was supplied by The Silva Life System of which I am an affiliate because of their outstanding research, programs and reputation.
The Visualization Therapy
There was a 61 year old man diagnosed with a terminal case of throat cancer with his weight dropping to under 100 lbs. He could hardly swallow or breathe. His survival rate was at 5%. Doctors didn’t want to put him on radiation therapy as they wondered if he could survive the treatment.
After giving considerable consideration, the doctors decided to try the radiation therapy. Dr. O. Carl Simmonton, Medical Director of the Cancer Counseling and Research Center in Dallas, Tx was asked to be involved in the patient’s treatment.
Dr. Simonton told the patient he had the ability to control the progress of his disease and gave him a few relaxation and creative visualization techniques.
The patient was to visualize:
- The radiation was pinpoints of energy bombarding the cancer cells
- The cancer cells would be unable to repair the damage they suffered
- His white blood cells would overcome the cancerous cells
- The cancer cells would flush out of his body through his kidneys and liver
Results: The Patient experienced almost no ill side effects from the treatment. He regained his weight and the cancer was gone.
The Simonton Center (www.simontoncenter,com) has helped thousands of cancer patients benefit from imagery therapy. Dr. Simonton’s wife said “Probably the single most important tool we have is the mental imagery technique developed by the Silva Life System”.
The Placebo and Psychosomatic Effects
The placebo effect has been known about for years. Doctors know a patient can manifest self-healing by simply believing they will be healed. A patient would take a sugar pill thinking it would cure their ills, and it would. We’ve all heard about it. It also goes with knowing about ills and diseases, and contracting them as I wrote about in my last post.
It is the beliefs you have about something that makes it harmful or not. If you believe it is harmful, it will tend to be true. There was a study using 40 subjects. They were all given a saline solution to inhale and were told it was allergenic.
19 of the 40 developed asthmatic symptoms, 12 developed bronchial spasms which completely disappeared minutes after being given another saline solution which they were told was medicine that would alleviate their symptoms.
All modern drugs today are tested against a placebo before being released to the public and many former medications have been taken off the market when it was found the healing properties were only due to the placebo effect.
I remember a great aunt who always seemed to get her illness and health issues based on what she heard about from friends and family. We found it amusing and thought she was just imagining she had these illnesses, when in fact she actually did have some of them.
Placebo Effect with Surgery
In 1994, Dr. J Bruce Moseley had 10 patients scheduled for an operation to relieve arthritic pain in their knees. Two of the patients underwent arthroscopic surgery, scraping and rinsing of the knee joint, three had rinsing alone, five had no procedure done at all with just a cut on the knee to give them the impression they had gone through the surgery.
Six months after the surgery, all the patients reported a large decrease in the pain in their knees without the five without the surgery knowing they had not had it performed on them.
Hypnosis and Mind-Body Interaction
Did you know a good hypnotist can actually get a person to tan their skin? I’m sure you’ve all heard of the hypnotist that told someone that they were holding a red hot item and a blister forms on their skin. In a study, one in five people developed a blister from touching the item.
Hypnosis is being used in place of anesthesia in surgery. It is also used to help with skin conditions, bronchial conditions, pain management, weightloss, illness and disease. Kristen Prevallet states on her website http://www.mindbodystudies.com, “Hypnosis is grounded in the belief that the most successful healing and the most dramatic changes happen when you become your own health advocate.”
Six years ago, I was diagnosed with Trochanteric Bursitis in the right hip, which caused severe pain to radiate down my thigh. For the next six years, I had the coritsone shots, anti-inflammatory medications and an experimental plasma shot, none of which helped. The Orthopedic Surgeon said the next step would be surgery. After having had surgery on my shoulder and elbow, it was the last thing I wanted.
Finally, with the use of hypnosis tapes, I was able to use the mind-body connection to heal the bursitis and have had no pain in my hip and thigh for the past 4 months. I have also been able to alleviate all symptoms of diabetes and fibromyalgia.
I use the tapes recorded by Dr. Steven G. Jones, who is an internationally known hypnotherapist of the highest calibre. I was so impressed with the results I have seen that I am now an affiliate of his. You can find an extraordinary list of hypnosis tapes at http://betterlivingwithhypnosis.com covering all aspects of life and health.
This is mind-body healing, and everybody has the ability to heal themselves in order to live an abundant life that everyone deserves.
To Your Abundant Health!