Why is hypnosis not more commonly used by doctors?
The answer may at least be two fold. There are some ignorant operators, and there are some ignorant doctors. Notice I said ignorant not dumb. There is on both sides often ignorance.
Hypnosis is not rocket science.
Almost anyone can direct a person into trance state. The ignorance problem may raise its head in what is done after the trance state is achieved. Once you have them there, what are you doing?
For example, hypnosis is often used as an aid in natural child birth.
Done correctly and in tandem with sound medical advise it can be a plus.
In ignorance some operators may direct the mother into a mental place to avoid pain.
I talked to a doctor once who told me that he did not recommend hypnosis in the delivery situations because the women, in his experience, become so detached from the process that they did not listen to his directions in the delivery room.
That was operator ignorance. With whatever pain diminishing hypnosis system is used, the operator should blueprint the lady to “always be attentive to the instructions of the medical staff”. This, if imprinted on the subconscious, will cause the patient to instinctively listen to the doctor while doing the pain releasing part of the hypnotic preparation. The doctor then should find hypnosis not a negative but a positive.
Ignorant operator practice in this situation makes for ignorant medical opinion about the possible benefits of hypnosis.
There is some ignorance in the medical community itself.
Consider this example. I was doing pre surgery hypnosis once when the young anesthesiologist came in. She intently watched what I was doing. Later she called me out in the hall and talked for a long time to me about it.
As you may imagine, anesthesiologists are more respective to the idea of hypnosis. It is a known way to do anesthesia.
She said something that stuck out like a sore thumb to me.
“It was interesting to see that done. In specialty school we read about it, but I never saw it done.”
If an anesthesiologist has no practical experience with it, surely regular doctors are even more ignorant. It has been my experience that most of what doctors think about hypnosis are things that old wives tales are made of. While good at what they do, they know about as much as most people know about hypnosis.
So for them hypnosis is not generally on their radar scope.
[This is not true about all doctors. I knew one anesthesiologist, an old man, trained in the old school medical school, who was an accomplished hypnotist.]
The reason why hypnosis is not used by doctors is ignorance.
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