How Does Hypnosis Help the Cancer Patient?
Patients who have used hypnosis note that it helps them in a variety of ways and in a number of circumstances.
Side effect reduction
Living with cancer and its prognosis is difficult for anyone. Hypnotherapy can help cancer patients in dealing with their diagnosis strongly producing a reduction in stress. The calming effects of hypnosis can, therefore, improve quality of life for those feeling overwhelmed. Stress reduction through hypnosis may also help caregivers be more effective in assisting them in handling the challenges of their job more easily.
Preparation for surgery or other procedures
Cancer patients are faced with a lot of situations that may cause nervousness or fear. Hypnosis before these procedures, which might include surgery, may help lessen the fear and help things run more smoothly. Even small situations like fear of needles can aided by hypnosis. Studies have shown that hypnotherapy may even shorten the recovery period after a surgery or other procedure.
Immune system aid
While the study of the mind and how it affects the immune system is relatively young, many believe that there is a real connection between mind, body, and spirit and that achieving a state of relaxation through hypnotherapy may indeed increase the effectiveness of the human immune system, thereby aiding in the fight against cancer and other diseases. Studies continue on this theory.