Peripheral changes in hypnosis: understanding the peripheral psychophysiological, endocrine and immunological changes associated with hypnosis

Project: Research

Description

We are looking for answers on why is hypnosis useful in the treatment of somatic ilnesses such as hypertension, hot flashes, fybromialgia, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders (e.g. warts), IBS, and how can it reduce bleeding and improve surgical recovery.
There has been a lot of advancement on the research of central nervous system correlates of hypnosis, but these research findings tell us relatively little about how does hypnosis assert its medical and physiological effects.
We believe that to find the underlying mechanisms, we need to extend our scope of research to peripheral physiological changes associated with hypnosis.
Our studies so far have looked at changes in sympathetic arousal, parasympathetic activity, cortisol, and oxytocin. Our upcoming studies will look at these and new biomarkers to confirm our hypotheses that hypnosis asserts its medically beneficial effects by modulating the activity of the stress systems.

Layman's description

We are looking for answers on why is hypnosis useful in the treatment of somatic ilnesses such as hypertension, hot flashes, fybromialgia, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders (e.g. warts), IBS, and how can it reduce bleeding and improve surgical recovery.
To answer this we are looking for objective biological measures that show systematic changes in hypnosis.
Short titlePeripheral changes in hypnosis
AcronymPERI-HYP
StatusActive
Effective start/end date2014/01/01 → …

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