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Neuroimaging Studies Support Using Hypnosis for Modulating the Perception of Pain

08 Dec

A team of researchers from the University of Rome reviewed functional neuroimaging studies that focused on changes in pain perception under hypnosis, to identify brain activation-deactivation patterns that occur during this mind-body intervention.

They found that different changes in brain function occurred throughout the pain network and in other brain areas as well.

Of the structures of the brain, the anterior cingulate cortex was found to be central in the general modulation of pain circuitry activity.

Most studies also showed that the neural functions of the prefrontal, insular, and somatosensory cortices are the structures that are consistently modified during hypnosis-

The investigators conclude that functional neuroimaging studies support the clinical use of hypnosis for the management of pain

Citation:  Del Casale A, Ferracuti S, Rapinesi C, et al.  Pain perception and hypnosis: findings from recent functional neuroimaging studies. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2015;63 (2): pp 144-70

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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