In a Duke University study, Blumenthal, et al. (1997), found that a four month program of stress alleviation reduced the likelihood of a second heart attack by 74 percent. You may with to consider stress reduction hypnosis or Narrative Therapy as a part of your plan for addressing heart disease.
In his article, How the Mind Hurts and Heals the Body, Ray (2004) writes:
“From the biopsychosocial perspective, the mind is one activity of the brain, and this activity of the brain is the body’s first line of defense against illness, against aging, against death, and for health and well-being. The concepts and facts I cover below are not ephemeral but are based in biochemistry, physiology, and neuroanatomy...Several years ago, Norman Cousins used the phrase ‘belief becomes biology.’ That is certainly true. We know that our beliefs influence the biology of our bodies. When an experience is psychological, not physical, it is all in the mind. However, because the mind is a part of the functioning brain, the body responds to the brain regardless of whether the beliefs and ideas are imaginary or based in reality, or whether they are positive or negative. What a person thinks does make a difference—sometimes it is good for him or her, sometimes it is bad” (p. 32).
For those who will be undergoing any sort of surgery, Montgomery, et al. (2002) found that when hypnotic pain alleviation is used in addition to anesthetic medications, “surgical patients in hypnosis treatment groups had better outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups” (p. 1639).
Hypnotic and counseling processes are not a replacement for medical treatment, and should only be used in conjunction with proper medical care. If you are experiencing what you consider to be the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately.
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