Hypnotherapy is arguably as old as humanity, and it is still of the greatest use in healing and modern medicine to this day!
Ancient Greece to Modern Germany
Healing through hypnosis has always been with us. In ancient Greece. There were sleep temples into which the sick entered and experienced dreams or visions after which they would leave healed.
In the 19th century the the Scottish surgeon James Esdaile was working in Calcutta, India. He was renowned for performing hundreds of painless surgeries using “mesmeric anaesthesia”. The shock that could occur during or following surgery from the pain cost thousands of lives. Painless surgery using hypnosis when anaesthesia was not available was therefore a great boon to the suffering.
During the 1920’s the famous Mayo Brothers were performing what are said to number thousands of deep abdominal surgeries using hypnosis.
It is reported that at the time, etherising a patient was could result in death before the first incision had even been made. The use of hypnosis reduced this risk significantly, and saved lives.
Hypnosurgery in Europe
It is not always possible to use anaesthesia with certain patients, and indeed sometimes the anaesthesia can make surgery difficult.
This year at the Jena University Hospital the renowned Neurosurgeon and practitioner of hypnosis – Dr Rupert Reichart preformed what was described as the first deep brain surgery using hypnosis.
In this instance the 73 year old patient suffered a tremor. Such afflictions can be so bad that the person cannot eat, wash, or dress unaided.
Very fine electrodes were implanted into the patient’s brain to provide the stimulation necessary to restore normal movement. Much like a pacemaker is fitted to restore normal heartbeat.
The problem with this surgery is that the surgeon and the patient need to be able to communicate to test that the electrodes have been placed correctly in the brain.
Whilst the sedative effects of anaesthesia can lead to distorted results there are no such problems with hypnosis.