Can hypnosis be an alternative medical treatment?
Yes. That is not to say that one should set aside licensed medical advise. But in conjunction it can be helpful and in some situations it may be a better treatment.
Many years ago I saw this first hand. It was past time for a lady to deliver her baby. The doctor told her if she did not naturally deliver in two weeks (if I remember the time correctly) he was going to do a c-section.
A friend told her to come see preacher Bill. Understanding that the doctor had said it was time, I was willing to take on the case. I would not have done anything without that implied clearance to start hypnotically the birth process.
In the pre-hypnosis talk I began to see a thinking problem. This was her first child. She had a mother who had repeatedly told her how horrible the delivery would be. Other friends had reinforced that thinking.
While I will admit that the birth process can be for some horrible, I was thinking here that she had developed an inordinate fear of birthing and was unknowingly holding it back.
That being said I also mentally noted that I have known women that recounted the birthing as not horrible (not to say it was fun). One lady even said it was poof, and she had a baby. It was very easy for her six times.
Every woman and every birth is an individual person and event. I am thinking that much of the horrible birthing experiences are because the lady thinks it will be horrible. If you think you can not have a relatively easy birth, then you are right.
I know I am a man, and I know nothing.
I talked with her about the non horrible experiences of some and discussed the above things more deeply. I also noted that birthing was natural and all things considered can be a beautiful natural experience if she would let it be so.
In hypnosis I reinforced the possibility that she could have a beautiful and natural experience as many other women have. There is no reason that she could not. I also mentally took her into the the delivery room and though the birthing process, having her visualize an easy birth. This was done in the evening.
The next morning the baby turned. Soon she had an easy and natural birth.
That was certainly better than a c-section.
There is now evidence in medical literature that c-sections and artificial inducements create some increase possibilities of dangers for the child and mother. Sometimes these things are necessary, but when there is time, hypnosis may be a better treatment.
(That was before I knew augmented reconnective style healing. It might work also. See now the page on augmented reconnective style healing. Depending on the circumstances, I might choose modalities other than hypnosis. But hypnosis has a place in the healing arts.)
See the page on hypnosis and autogenics.
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