Can hypnosis really help in healing?
I read once about the work Dr. James Esdaille. He was a Scottish surgeon who started using hypnosis in his work.
Building on the work of Franz Anton Mesmer, he desired to incorporate hypnotism into surgery. This was the 1840’s with very little pain relief drugs known to western medicine. Like some dentists today, he decided to uses hypnotic anesthesia.
He had also heard that Dr. Mesmer in Paris had many amazing healings by using hypnosis. So, he thought why would that not work with infection. Surely if it could make infection go away, surely it could hold infection at bay.
Infection was the big problem in those days. The surgeons where very good at the surgeries they did. However, many patients died not of the surgery, but of the infections that came. There was no antibiotics and almost no concept of sanitation.
So what Dr. Esdaille decided to do was during the hypnosis for surgery anesthesia to add something. He just said basically that no infection would come from the surgery. Just a throw in suggestion. Could not hurt.
The result began to prove amazing. He did 400 surgeries from 1843 to 1846 using this pre-surgery hypnosis protocol. They included very major surgeries and amputations. No one died in the surgeries. Further there were almost no post operative infections. For that time that was considered almost miraculous.
While many thought him to be the cause, such a good surgeon, it was the patients that were the key to this success. Their subconscious was turned on to fight off the start of infection. The power of the subconscious mind had been awakened. It worked even in that very unsanitary world.
Who knows what wonders hypnosis can open in healing on the subconscious mind?
Dr. Joseph Murphy put it this way, “What you write on the inside, you will experience on the outside.”
Could it be in this time of super infections that respond poorly to super antibiotics we might do a Dr. Esdaille? Just with hypnosis on the inside write that no infection will affect the patient and that is what we will see on the outside. Just like Dr. Esdaille throw in the suggestion. What could it hurt?
The profound power of the subconscious mind is beyond our wildest dreams. The infection example is not the limit of this amazing power. Our only limitation here is our imagination to apply hypnosis in numerous health situations.
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