Hypnosis ‘should be used more widely to save the NHS millions’

Hypnosis used in the NHS? Yes, say medical experts. Using hypnosis could potentially save the UK millions of pounds by using the mind to relieve pain or stress. Below is an article from the Daily Mail who report on this story.

Date:6th June 2011

Source: The Daily Mail

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Hypnosis treatments could be used on a range of medical conditions to save the NHS millions of pounds, say medical experts.

Jacky Owens, the president of the RSM’s Hypnosis Section, said: ‘Conditions such as depression, pain and irritable bowel syndrome affect millions of people in the UK and a great cost to the NHS.

‘But hypnosis can often work where other treatments have been unsuccessful.’

Ms Owens, a qualified nurse who uses hypnosis in her work with cancer patients added: ‘If doctors were able to refer patients to properly trained hypnotherapists, it would save a cash-strapped NHS a great deal of money.’

She said making hypnosis a standard part of the ‘NHS toolbox’ would lead to the public becoming better informed about the procedure and mean that vulnerable patients would be less likely to turn to ‘hypno-cowboys’.

The Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) believe…