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Hypnosis Treatment for Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A team of researchers from UNC Chapel Hill, interested in learning how hypnosis manages to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), designed two studies that measured and separated out possible physiological mechanisms from psychological ones.
Patients with severe IBS received seven biweekly hypnosis sessions and used hypnosis audiotapes at home. Rectal pain thresholds and smooth muscle tone were measured with a barostat before and after treatment in 18 patients in one study, and treatment changes in autonomic functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductance, finger temperature, and forehead electromyographic activity were assessed in 24 patients in the second study. Somatization, anxiety, and depression were also measured. All central IBS symptoms improved substantially from treatment in both studies. Rectal pain thresholds, rectal smooth muscle tone, and autonomic functioning (except sweat gland reactivity) were unaffected by hypnosis treatment. However, somatization and psychological distress showed large decreases. The study concludes that hypnosis improves IBS symptoms through reductions in psychological distress and somatization, and that percieved improvements were unrelated to changes in the physiological parameters measured.
There are many ways to think about health. One definition states that it is merely about metabolic efficiency. Others consider that it is the absence of pain, injury, or illness. Regardless, it does refer to a general condition involving a person's mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, when good working definition would state that health is a situation or condition in which the mind, body, and spirit has achieved a state of balance, which is also called homeostasis.
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For several years I worked as a Certified Financial Planner for a major New York City-based corporation. When I worked with individuals, couples, and families, I was impressed by the fact that they most definitely had goals and desires. But despite their financial resources, many of them couldn’t seem to achieve the financial discipline to reach their objectives. Even when I laid out a clear plan for them, they had a difficulty following the plan.
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Addictions are serious chronic brain diseases, which have biological, psychological, and social implications. They are powerful because they employ neurological processes required for learning and survival. However, they use these vital systems in a way that threatens the addict’s health, relationships, and may often end in criminal prosecution and jail time. So, to understand and treat this problem both the patient and the counselor must know how abuse is encoded, triggered, and reinforced.
Our brain participates in a two-level learning system. Generally, learning can be divided into...