High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular disease and affects over 74 million Americans. It is the leading cause of stroke and major cause of heart attack. Blood pressure is a measure of the amount of force our blood puts on our arteries. Similar to filling a balloon with too much air and it ruptures; our arteries run the risk of damage if our blood-pressure is too high. Many factors increase the likelihood of developing hypertension such as smoking, obesity, and stress.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to directly improve blood-pressure and use the body’s natural resources to help bring us to a more normalized range. Studies have shown the effectiveness of hypnotherapy on blood-pressure:
In a trial comparing Hypnosis with biofeedback, or a combination of both, all groups had significant reduction in blood pressure. However, at six-month follow-up only patients receiving Hypnosis had maintained the reduction.
- Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1977). “The Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures for Essential Hypertension.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 25, 335-347;
- 2.Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1978). “A Six Month Follow-up of the Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures in Essential Hypertension.” American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 20, 184-188
How can this be? Only the people that were hypnotized maintained lower blood pressure levels? This is because hypnosis influences the subconscious mind. The subconscious controls every autonomic function of the human body. If the subconscious is not influenced, results simply do not last.
Please don’t hesitate to join us at the Florida Hypnosis Clinics where together we can relieve stress and bring you to a state of true Health.