Patients trade pills for hypnosis
POSTED AT 6:37 PM Friday, August 19, 2005
Dr. Sidney Rosen is using hypnosis to reduce this patient's arthritic pain.
Nickolas Souleotis says after years of taking strong painkillers, he wanted to try an alternative.
"I used to take a ton of medicine," explains Souleotis, "I've cut that way back. I mean way back"
Consumer Reports' Jamie Kopf says hypnosis has proven results.
"Studies have shown that hypnosis can be effective at relieving pain during certain medical procedures."
It's also been proven successful at treating children with cancer undergoing painful treatments.
Trials have shown hypnosis can also help relieve pain from gastrointestinal disorders, and can even speed the healing of surgical wounds and broken bones.
Consumer Reports says the side effects associated with hypnosis are rare, and they're relatively minor ones, compared to those associated with drugs.
For Souleotis, hypnosis has brought pain relief he never thought possible.
"I never thought it would work. I'm telling you, I never thought it would work"
There are a range of prices for local hypnotists that work with pain management therapy.
All were between $100 and $150 per session.
Consumer Reports also recommends checking with your insurance company to see if these costs might be covered.