“The biggest pharmacy on the planet is the one between your ears”
Since endorphins were discovered in the 1970s, researchers have been hot on the trail of the biochemical basis of the mind-body interaction. Endorphins are chemically similar to morphine and because they are naturally produced, they are completely safe. According to Sebastian Schulz-Stubner, MD, Ph.D., an anesthesiologist at the University of Iowa, physical changes result in the brain with hypnosis, scientifically explaining why hypnosis is so effectivei.
15 minutes a day
One study enrolled breast cancer patients to do fifteen minutes of hypnosis a day to prepare for surgery. The hypnosis group (as compared to controls) reported the following: 22.1% reduction in local anaesthetic, 33.8% reduction in general anaesthetic, 53.1% reduction in pain intensity and 74.3% less nauseaii.