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Q&A: Can hypnosis really help anesthesiologists reduce the amount of analgesic they use during surgery?

September 24, 2012 by relax  
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Question by Poetryboy: Can hypnosis really help anesthesiologists reduce the amount of analgesic they use during surgery?
I overheard some anesthesiologists chatting about this possibility and wondered how effective it can be.

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Answer by lng
hm, you are not talking about local anesthesia, you do mean general anesthesia? I don’t know how general anesthesia created unconsciousness state would effect hypnotized state of mind. not knowing of such experiments myself i would think that those would be incompatible states. although hypnosis had been shown to make people tolerant to pain. so a simple operation could possibly be done under hypnosis without any anesthesia. there’s an alternative to hypnosis that had been tested, acupuncture, it had been shown to reduce the amount of anesthetic during surgery. something that was desribed by Nixon’s physician on his trip to China.

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4 Responses to “Q&A: Can hypnosis really help anesthesiologists reduce the amount of analgesic they use during surgery?”
  1. belfus says:

    there’s a lot of myths out there about alternative medicines. as the answer above described, there have been anecdotal stories of patients who have had major surgeries including open heart surgeries under with just accupuncture alone. but those claims have never been substantiated, and who know what pills those patients might have taken before they showed up for their surgery? well controlled studies have never documented the effectiveness of any of these “alternative” medicines, and that includes hypnosis. now having said that, we all know that a person’s mind is a powerful thing and i do believe that a person’s mental state can affect anesthetic requirement. not even hypnosis necessarily, but if you’re able to just calm down a very anxious patient, i think it’s quite possible that you may be able to affect how much medications they’ll need later, both in terms of pain medications afterwards as well as anesthetics intraoperatively.

  2. Nadia says:

    I am not a doctor.
    My opinion is that the anaestesy’s better than hypnosis, as the phisical treatment of the body seems to me be more in synchron with this method and if a therapy connected with
    aura etc. then the body will understand to accept hypnosis .

  3. Pangolin says:

    Never tried it. I can see how decreasing nervousness and stress would lead to a reduction in circulating catecholamines, and a need for less anesthesia and analgesia.

    However, until some double-blinded randomized prospective trials are done on this matter, I’m sticking to drugs. I KNOW they work!

  4. Tom R says:

    based on 50 + years of using hypnosis and specializing in pain control I can say in many cases it can eliminate chemical anesthesia and gas anesthesia COMPLETELY!. when done properly ( trance level must be deep enough ) the anesthesia is perfect. The subject must have time to practice this skill and must be able to produce. the necessary level of anesthesia and maintain it Given a properly trained subject root canals. periodontal work and minor eye surgery are possible and done regularly. Minor surgery is also possible.

    If you have further questions please write. One of the nice things about being retired is having the time to share the knowledge. Please be specific in your questions,

    Tom R.

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