Healing or Hypnosis? I Always do this for headaches. I put my hand on their forehead and ask them what colour the pain is. I then put my hand on or near the pain and tell them to put all the red in my hand and when it’s in there to let me know.

After an average two or so minutes they nod and or say yes.

Then I just take my hand away an carry on as if nothing has happened and watch their look of confusion. I’ve done it with migraines.

Is it hypnosis? Doubtful. Is it ‘healing’. That is certainly what appears to happen. But, it works, ask me if I’m bothered how or why…. 😉

Every time the conversation comes around to hands on healing or anything that looks remotely outside of surgery or pill popping there is always someone who starts shouting that it’s nothing more than hypnosis with the ‘placebo’ effect.

You know apart from the Black Death most of humanity has pretty much managed to stick around for the last few hundred thousands of years without a single ‘drug’ or medical procedure.

Hands on and all sorts of healing has been around and been quite successful for quite a few tens of thousands of those.

The modern argument is of course that in the past people didn’t grow very big and didn’t live very long but the truth is that social evolution had a lot to do with that as much as medicine. And early 1800’s loads of people lived into their 80’s even in the middle ages the better fed got there too.

I know there are more people alive than ever before but that’s a lame argument for things like ‘Hands on’ and acupuncture not working, as the fact is yes there are more people alive, but there are more people alive today who are ill, diseased and disabled hanging on to lives which should naturally have probably ended years before than there have ever been.

When we talk about Placebo – the word by the way doesn’t mean *suggested healing* it means ….

A harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.

A substance that has no therapeutic effect, used as a control in testing new drugs.

We talk as if modern pills and potions have been around forever and that they Always work. The truth is that most of them have been around for a few decades and that they ‘often’ help the bodies immune system overcome disease.

The thing is, the real thing is, that often the pills and potions given out by the medicos are themselves the true placebo, replacing good food, healthy exercise and the simple honest to goodness capacity for the body and mind to heal themselves, and sometimes others.


  • Chris has a fair point there but generally I would agree with Jon's argument in the post. The over-medication of the western world has reached lethal proportions, and the general assumption among the innocent that it is all backed by scientific proof of safety or efficacy is, I'm afraid, naive. I'm a hypnotherapist. We get lumped in with "alternative medicine", but as Gerry Kein suggests, we have more in common with the healer than the doctor. Important not to be too black and white about this, though: modern medicine does have its strengths too – it is really the power of the pharmaceutical industry that causes the trouble.

  • ^^ Christianity killed it off? You can still find 'witch doctors' in Uganda who will kill a baby and bury it under your business to make you succeed. There are zealots in every belief structure, be it Christian, Atheist, or something else.

  • wayne

    Never denounce the mind/body connection and the stuff coming out of natural therapy blogs these days suggested that it is the prescribed medicines that are causing the real issues associated with ill health.

    Nature wins by supplying us with ALL we need in the form of food. The humble free range egg is a multivitamin in a shell and low in calorific value but high in protein, essential fats and good cholesterol and a multitude of vitamins and minerals.

    Long before medicine there were herbalists who had vast knowledge of the woodland flora, fauna and fungi who could treat the ill according to their symptoms by using what was naturally available.

    Along came whomever and outlawed this pastime and killed these people (I believe Christianity had something to do with this) or forced them to flee. Most of the knowledge was lost forever. It seems that there is information out there that has survived and is being presented for the public once again.

    Unfortunately I hear that the medical fraternity are trying to prohibit this past time yet again as they have no control over it and probably fear its potential.

    Seems that modern medicine is the route cause of modern illness and they try desperately to annihilate any reasonable alternative.

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