Hypnotherapy for cancer patients
13th March, 20150 Comments
Written by: Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapy can help cancer patients in at least two significant ways:
1) There is usually a large emotional component to cancer that is seldom adequately addressed when treating cancer patients conventionally.
In his insightful book “You Can Fight Cancer”, cancer researcher and psychologist Lawrence Le Shan wrote “In all the cancer patients seen during the course of my research - over 500 - not a single one seemed to me to have access to more emotional expression than he had energy to express. All seemed to have more emotional energy than they had ways of expressing it. Typically there was a “bottled-up” quality to their emotional lives. This was not true, however, fo the control subjects who did not have cancer”.
It’s generally accepted that the bottling up our emotions is very bad for our health. Most physicians are trained to deal with the physical symptoms of cancer and not the associated emotions that accompany the disease.
Hypnotherapy on the other hand has a long legacy of helping people to deal with emotional issues. Hypnotherapy has been used to help people overcome fears of flying and public speaking which are emotional issues. Hypnotherapy is very successful in treating anxiety and panic attacks which are also emotional issues. Hypnotherapy has also been found to be very helpful in helping cancer patients deal with the negative emotions associated with cancer.
2) Physicians have noted that patients that have a “fighting spirit” do far better at overcoming cancer than those that don’t. This should be obvious but understandably is perhaps forgotten by those shocked at hearing the diagnosis of having contracted a potentially lethal disease.
This is another area where hypnotherapy excels. It’s no coincidence that the world's top sporting performers flock to hypnotherapy for help with their performance. They know that the subconscious mind is the single greatest motivation agency known to humankind and that hypnosis is the most direct route to the subconscious mind.
If sports-people are able to use hypnotherapy in order to gain a winning advantage in sport, there is no reason cancer patients can’t use hypnotherapy to help them to triumph over cancer.
Hypnotherapy is of course not a panacea and does not replace medicine. Cancer patients should obviously work with their physicians and only use hypnotherapy in conjunction with medical advice.
About the author
Troy Robins is a certified clinical hypnotherapist working at the Oxford Hypnotherapy Clinic in Oxford.
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