Immune related disorders are an increasing concern in healthcare. Individuals are seeking greater natural and self-care oriented methods for the management of conditions ranging from Cancer to HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Diabetes, etc
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These philosophical and physiological approaches to disease management are now widely practiced throughout the United States and many other countries.
Psychoneuroimmunology is the recently established branch of medical science which studies and employs interactions between the mind (psyche), the nervous system, and the immune system. This field of study is commonly known as Mind/Body Medicine. Through research conducted over the past twenty years, psychoneuroimmunologists have identified two principle pathways through which thoughts and feelings impact immunity. The first channel of mind/body communication is through the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Long thought to be outside the direct control of the individual, the Autonomic Nervous System is composed of two branches, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.
Sympathetic responses are commonly referred to as “fight or flight” and involve increased respiration, accelerated heart rate stimulation of the Adrenal Medulla, and shunting of blood from the extremities through vasoconstriction. During a sympathetic response, activity diminishes in the digestive, reproductive, and immune system.
Parasympathetic responses are commonly referred to as the “relaxation response” and involve the slowing of respiration and heart rate, the increase of blood in the extremities through vasodilation, and the activation of the digestive, reproductive, and immune system.
In short, the sympathetic response is toward action, and the parasympathetic response is toward recovery.
The second channel of mind/body communication is through the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA). Thoughts at the cortical level influence release of hormones from the hypothalamus to the pituitary, which in turn regulates functional chemicals in the blood and endocrine system. This circuit modulates a myriad of cellular activities in the body, influencing immunity, metabolism, and learning.
The appeal of Hypnosis for Immunity Management
Effectiveness: Hypnosis is a well-demonstrated method to activate the most powerful curative, the human mind
Nonpharmacological: Hypnosis does not contribute to already complex regimen and hypnosis has no adverse side-effects or interactions
Self-management tool: Self-hypnosis is easily taught and tends to become a lifetime tool
Cost-effective: Great outcomes can be produced in even one session, group sessions reduce costs further and enhance the sense of connectedness