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Effects of hypnosis on the immune system in breast cancer patients.

23 Nov
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine examine two studies that assess the immunological effects of hypnosis in patients with early stage breast cancer and find heightened natural killer (NK) cell activity...
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine examined two studies that assessed the immunological effects of hypnosis in patients with early stage breast cancer. One was an an experiment that taught hypnotic guided imagery to patients, and the other provided participants with home visits and autogenic training.

Both investigations’ findings yielded improvement in depression and a heightened count of natural killer (NK) cells after 2 months of the intervention. However, neither study determined the clinical significance of this for the actual impact on cancer. The author highlights the need for future experiments in order to relate the immune-mediated effects of hypnosis to hard clinical outcomes, such as actual survival rates.

Citation: Hudacek KD. A review of the effects of hypnosis on the immune system in breast cancer patients: a brief communication. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2007 Oct;55 (4): pages 411-25. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award