Hypnosis should become a standard technique on the NHS to treat a range of conditions according to a new report.
The hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine says the technique can be used to relieve pain and treat stress related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Jacky Owens, the president of the RSM’s Hypnosis Section, said: ‘Conditions such as depression, pain and irritable bowel syndrome affect millions of people in the UK and a great cost to the NHS. But hypnosis can often work where other treatments have been unsuccessful.’
Ms Owens, a qualified nurse who uses hypnosis in her work with cancer patients added: ‘If doctors were able to refer patients to properly trained hypnotherapists, it would save a cash-strapped NHS a great deal of money.’
This is really good news as there have been more clinical studies carried out using hypnotherapy than any other complimentary treatment. Let’s hope those that see hypnotherapy as a help to cope with sometimes difficult treatments choose hypnosis. Maybe one day it will be a first line intervention even!
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