November is National Diabetes Month, and this being the last day of the month I wanted to put out one more article on the subject. There’s a lot of good information out there about diabetes prevention and control. But one technique not getting a lot of attention that is helping patients better control their diabetes is hypnosis. There are many out of the box ways people deal with other ailments, why not try some of them with diabetes?
- · Compliance – In many cases, the patient is non-compliant to his doctor’s plan for a healthier lifestyle. With hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques, we can tap directly into the subconscious mind and reprogram the patient’s thought process to follow the doctor’s orders. The patient begins to eat better, exercise more, lose weight and ultimately get in control of his diabetes.
- · Less Stress and More Relaxation – Controlling anxiety and stress is important in managing diabetes. Hypnosis is one of the best ways to reduce stress and increase relaxation. In fact, hypnosis is nothing more than a very deep state of relaxation, and relaxation plays an integral role in better health.
- · Mind Games with The Pancreas – Under hypnosis, the therapist can tap the subconscious and offer suggestions for the body to produce the proper levels of insulin. This might not work for everyone, but the power of the mind has the ability to heal many common ailments and diseases in the human body. Similar strategies have been used to help mothers produce breast milk, or to alleviate pain and allow mothers to have a natural childbirth, for example.
- · Reduces Depression and Emotional Eating – Studies show that people with diabetes are at an increased risk for depression, which can lead to emotional eating and make it more difficult to manage insulin levels. Hypnosis can increase self-confidence, improve the quality of sleep and improve the belief about a brighter future, thereby reducing depression and emotional eating and helping the patient control his diabetes and overall mental health.
- · Breaks The Cycle of Bad Habits – Hypnosis can reverse the cycle of habitual negative behaviors that lead to diabetes like overeating, snacking on sweets, being dormant and more. The power of suggestion and visualization can eliminate destructive habits and literally reprogram the subconscious to want to make better and healthier choices.
Have your ever tried hypnosis for diabetes or any other condition? What are your thoughts on giving this a go?
Colin Christopher is a clinical hypnotherapist and author of the book Success Through Manipulation: Subconscious Reactions That Will Make or Break You. Many of his patients have type 2 diabetes, and he says hypnosis has played a vital role in helping them better manage the disease.
This is the last day of Nov and you’re just mentioning this now?
Seth-Deborah Roth CRNA, CCHt, CI says
As an Advanced Practice Nurse and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, I work with many diabetics for just the reasons you describe. Using hypnotherapy can help stop the struggle and the self sabotage. Hypnosis allows you to reach the subconscious mind to make the changes you desire.
Melissa B says
I’ve recently been introduced to your blog (November). This article is a great read. My 2 year old has type 1 diabetes. She was diagnosed at 16 months. Hypnosis is a good option. Another treatment that I like is Emotional Freedom Technique. I use of on my children especially my middle daughter living with diabetes.
Melissa B says
(Continued) Whilst I can’t necessarily gauge a shift I do notice a shift in her behavior. EFT helped me through thematic emotions I went through a as parent. Ok, enough rambling from me!!
Your Lighter Side says
Thank you for sharing!!
Betty Taylor says
If hypnosis works then insurance should pay for it and encourage them to use it. I is a natural way to treat diabetes. I’m all for anything you can do without doing medical procedures or additional drugs.