Releasing natural brain chemicals for pain reduction can be accomplished using hypnosis.
Using hypnosis to ease pain is very common and often very successful. Using hypnosis to reduce stress is also very common and often very successful. Perhaps this is because these two “states of being” are strongly related to the same region in our brain called the “amygdala”. This part of our brain is where we process emotions and pain, and, in many cases, our emotions add to the intensity of our pain.
According to the article, How the Brain Suppresses Pain During Times of Stress, the suppression of pain during times of stress can help us cope with or escape from potentially life-threatening situations. Apparently, there are marijuana like chemicals in our brain called “endocannabinoids”. Pain reduction due to fear, called “fear-induced analgesia”, is strongly related to elevated levels of this marijuana like substance in the amygdala.
We know that the subconscious mind is responsible for running our physiology. It runs our circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous system, our blood pressure, body temperature, etc. So it makes sense that if we can get access to the subconscious mind, then we can influence the manner in which the subconscious mind affects our physiology. Through the use of hypnosis it is possible to release endocannabinoids, and other pain relieving chemicals, without needing the added stress, or experiencing the side effects of drug usage. For many clients, the addition of certain types of visualization exercises also help to reduce the intensity of pain, and for some, eliminate it completely.