Stress has significant detrimental effects on the body, and can increase both the likelihood and severity of many illnesses (cf. Ray, 2004). Some illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are acutely stress-related. Hypnosis and similar relaxation processes have been shown to be effective as an adjunct to medical therapy for a number of maladies, including asthma (Lahmann, 2009) and Parkinson’s Disease (Schlesinger, et al., 2009). A Duke University study even found that a process of relaxation techniques could reduce the risk of second heart attack by 74 percent over a five-year period (Blumenthal, et al., 1997).
Note: Dr. Mau regularly treats anxiety disorders. He is not a physician and does not treat physical illnesses. Consult your physician about using hypnosis as an adjunct to medical care. You should always follow the advice of your physician.