How incredible is it that Drs can give someone a pill that to all intents is a real bona fide medicine, but in fact it's just corn starch or sugar? But the patient gets better! How can this possibly happen??
Well hypnotherapists have the answer!
When we treat people in a clinical setting we tap into their subconscious belief system. In doing so, we can alter the way the subconscious effects the physical well being!
Take hypnotherapy for birthing for example. Does hypnosis administer an anaesthetic? No of course not! But it does convince the subconscious into ignoring a lot of the pain signals that are coming from the brain, to the birthing process. It helps trigger the same natural pain relieving transmitters that are already present in our brain and supply pain relief naturally! So women CAN and DO go through births with very limited pain! Their belief system has altered; their natural pain relief triggered.
Just like the chronic back pain sufferer who's given a placebo & they find relief. Because their belief system allows the pain to dissipate!
Or Parkinsons sufferers - even something as complex in the brain as Parkinsons can be helped with the aid of a placebo!
We work with the placebo effect a lot as hypnotherapists, it's a real tangible thing! It's not just trickery or fooling people - I'm sure prior to reading this article you may be annoyed or embarrassed if your Dr announced he gave you a placebo pill & you got better....but the fact remains, your brain accepted the placebo to be true and set about fixing your body naturally!
Amazing huh? We are incredible!
Have a look at this horizon program from the BBC to find out more about placebos. It's worth watching :)
Author Emma Evans
Emma Evans runs Kent Therapy Clinic and also helps coach other therapists in her spare time when she's not seeing clients at her busy practice. This blog is full of useful articles and interesting facts to do with therapy in general. Please feel free to add your comments to the blog.