Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 22: Hypnotherapy (continued)

KEY POINTS Hypnosis has been used for military intelligence in modern times. Hypnosis represents an artificially induced trance, or an altered state of consciousness, which is distinct from normal sleep and wakefulness. Optimal results in GI conditions can only be obtained if gut-oriented hypnotherapy is used; however, such training is not widely available. POSSIBLE MECHANISM OF ACTIONS IN GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS Can modify gastric acid secretion in healthy subjects Hypnotic relaxation…