Recent breakthroughs in the relatively new science of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) give increasing evidence of the connection between mind-body communication, and the part that hypnosis can play as the practical application.
While PNI itself is a science not a therapy, Therapeutic hypnosis is a perfect tool for direct communication with the unconscious mind, and through that to the central nervous system.

Giving a client a positive outlook is an important benefit on its own, with many researchers believe that relaxation is a key component in treatment of many disorders, particularly those induced or aggravated by stress.

It is interesting to note that many people have a misconstrued idea about hypnosis and that has promoted fear and mistrust about being controlled. A simple description of hypnosis is “A form of self-induced, focused attention that can make it easier for you to relax or control your body’s functions.” One thing is clear, a strong level of trust must be developed between the patient and the therapist.

Modern Hypnotherapists utilise Ultradian rhythms to assist the patient to create a mental link between their required goal and natural physical abilities to heal. To achieve the optimum state for “spontaneous” healing the patient is guided into a deeply relaxed state, which allows for a communication with the unconscious mind. It is at the unconscious level that many conditions and thoughts exist out of reach to the conscious or that the conscious mind is ill equipped to deal with.

PNI provides a blueprint for the cellular and molecular communication between mind, body and gene which takes hypnotherapy out of the realm of magic and gives it a psycho-biological reason for success. Through this the scientific community is substantiating that the thoughts and emotions of the patient can be enough to generate good health. With this in mind, all methods of complimentary health can be looked at from a different and more open viewpoint.

While scientific evidence is being established that supports the idea of some illnesses are contractible or aggravated by psycho-social pressure which induces stress in the organism, science believes that it is too simplistic to believe that all diseases have their basis in emotions. When that belief is accepted, it becomes contractual that those diseases cannot be healed except through medical interventions.

Even so, more and more experts believe that some diseases are emotional, as opposed to organic in origin and when the immune system is compromised it is easier to contract disease. It is PNI as a science that is laying the groundwork for many complimentary health care approaches to have a scientific validation, especially hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming.

All of the modalities which utilise the science of Psychoneuroimmunology are non-invasive and return an element of control to the patient for their own health and welfare, in a world where the individual often feels a loss of that very control over their own lives.

Common Cold and Influenza – Of course, PNI has its earliest success in promoting health in basically healthy individuals. In a world literally flooded with viruses of all kinds it is when the immune system is compromised that the body responds by naturally increasing its antibodies and having an immune response. The generally harmless common cold is nature’s way of keeping the body’s immune system active.

Using the hypnotic technique to stimulate immune response via the PNI route renders the common cold unnecessary to boost immunity, and so a person can experience having a seemingly natural immunity while surrounded by others falling sick.

Here is Margaret Kemeny, UCSF professor of psychiatry, talking about PNI and identifying the links between psychological factors, the immune system and health and illness.