Four Phases of
Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H.
is the study of the effect of emotions of the
growth, spread and elimination of cancerous cells. As
a Medical Hypnotherapist, I have a subspecialty in using
hypnosis with people with cancer. As a complementary medicine
practitioner, I work with oncologists, nutritionists, licensed
professional counselors, ministers and others to support the whole
person who has cancer.
Hypnosis has many uses for the person
Four main areas that hypnotherapy are beneficial to
people with cancer:
1) Fear and anxiety.
The diagnosis leads to fear and uncertainty. Many people who
don’t have the proper background believe that having cancer
equals death. The first thing that we share with clients is that
cancer is a word not a sentence. Many people have successfully
overcome cancer and are in long term remission. We share stories
of other successful clients who have overcome cancer. Bernie
Siegel, M.D. coined the term “exceptional patients” for patients
who exhibit certain positive traits that make it possible for
them to become long term cancer survivors. Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.,
noted neuro-psychologist has made a study of the seven
characteristics of people who are “miracle prone”. We share
these models with clients in order to help expand their healing
paradigm. Hope is always realistic. We teach clients to be
assertive and responsible for their health. Having someone to be
supportive during the initial stages of diagnosis can be
extremely helpful. We can give clients a clearer sense of what
the process of treatment will be and alleviate some of the
anxiety that comes from uncertainty. We also encourage clients
to attend support groups for cancer survivors. Humor and
positive thinking have been shown to have a marked effect of
2) Conventional treatment side effects.
There are many side effects of surgery, radiation and
chemotherapy ranging from nausea, pain, insomnia, loss of
appetite, low self-esteem, anemia and more. We are able to
address these with guided imagery. We also support the client’s
choice to use conventional medicine by building confidence in
their oncology team and the treatment. Stress has also been held
responsible for rapid metastases and recurrences of cancer after
surgery. Direct suggestion while in hypnosis however, has been
proven to foster relaxation and strengthen the immune response.
3) Shrinking tumors.
Guided imagery is used to help clients to reduce and potentially
eliminate cancer form the body. Clients are encouraged to
develop a metaphorical image of the disease within the body and
then a counter image for the immune system. For example, if a
client imagines the cancer as a dragon raging in their body they
are then taught to visualize a knight or a wizard “slaying” the
dragon. The key to imagery is that it is personalized to the
client. When clients begin doing imagery exercises they often
see their cancer as solid, massive and virulent. In order to
begin to get well clients are taught to see their “cancer” (an
“incurable” disease process) as cancer cells (microscopic mutant
organisms) that are small, weak, disorganized, confused and slow
moving. In addition, their immune system is envisioned as
powerful, swift, all-seeing, and all-knowing.
4) Spiritual counseling.
Not everyone will be able to have a spontaneous remission. For
those whom death is imminent hypnotherapy can help a person to die with
dignity. Before a client can comfortably transition he or she
may need to forgive someone or complete communication with a
loved one. Making peace with one’s Higher Power and beginning to
see death as part of the life cycle can take much of the fear
out of a person’s final days.
Hypnosis & Oncology
The contributions of hypnotherapy to the field of oncology
-Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H.
Hypnotherapy occupies a unique position in the field of
complementary medical support. Hypnosis can be used for the
three main areas that a person with cancer seeks medical
assistance: emotional support, symptom amelioration and cancer
Hypnotherapy can be used in the context of a counseling
session where a recently diagnosed person can share her
fears and concerns and get the support of a caring professional.
It is helpful to have someone who listens and understands and
can walk with her down the frightening and sometimes difficult
road of cancer treatment.
Hypnotherapy has many benefits in lessening the symptoms that
are associated with the treatment of cancer through conventional
medicine. Nausea, vomiting, insomnia, body image issues, lack of
appetite and other chemotherapy side effects can be addressed
with a hypnotherapist. One of the major hardships of having
cancer is managing the pain. Hypnosis is one of the greatest
non-chemical means of pain control available.
Hypnotherapy also involves the use of guided imagery to
assist in the visualization and removal of cancerous cells
throughout the body. All clients learn self-hypnosis and are
taught ways to create a metaphorical representation of the
disease within the body. Next clients learn how to create an
accompanying image of his or her immune system effectively
responding to the illness. The healing attitudes of survivors
have been studied over the past twenty years and these beliefs
can be taught through hypnosis. One of the most important
attitudes of survivors is optimism. We will help you to maintain
hope and hope is always realistic.
Lessening Chemotherapy Side Effects
-Ajamu Ayinde, A.C.H.
the sometimes debilitating aftereffects of chemotherapy.
Hypnosis has been proven to be useful in addressing the side
effects of conventional cancer treatment. Two of the major
presenting issues are pain and anemia. Medical hypnotherapists
will use hypnoanesthesia as an adjunct to chemical anesthesia.
Guided imagery and direct suggestion can boost production of
white blood cells. One of the lesser known uses of hypnosis for
the person with cancer involves using it to lessen the nausea
and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy. Nausea leads
to loss of appetite. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.
Drastic weight loss can result in fatigue, poor body image,
anxiety, sleeplessness and depression. Catching the symptoms
early helps to stabilize the recovering cancer patient and allow
her to mobilize her full healing resources.
Below is a
hypnosis script for dealing with chemotherapy and maintaining a
good appetite and high spirits.
substitute your favorite relaxation exercise)
There are many
ways to enter a wonderful state of relaxation... A place of
peace… relaxation... safety... healing...Allow yourself to go
there now. Watching your breaths, counting them...holding and
releasing...releasing and holding... And trance is a process of
holding on and letting go... and only you know what it is that
you need to let go of...now... Just
noticing...reflecting...being present in your body...relaxing
from the top of your head...to the tips of your toes...taking
all the time that you need to allow your body to relax and let
go...release and sink in ...to a deep level of relaxation
right...very good... You are entering a safe place... a place
inside where you are able to access power...
control...activating the healing potential of your body...
and at ease... reinforcing these suggestions on your
own...frequently throughout the day...whenever you need
it...Seeing your body as a beautiful mansion...with many
rooms...each room has its own color...its own light switch...its
own temperature controls...I’d like you to know that you can go
to the room that controls the feelings of nausea...notice the
colors...become aware of any sounds...what the temperature
is...warm or cool...Once you’ve found the room you can change
the colors...imagine you favorite colors...making the colors
lighter...brighter...prettier...Adjust the temperature...make it
comfy...smell a subtle touch of mint in the air...Turn off the
light...Close the door... so that the sounds from this
room...can no longer disturb other parts of the house. That’s
it ...close the door...seal it...sound proof it...
after the chemotherapy and you are eating well...you can have a
hearty appetite... Eating until you are full... and sleeping
when you desire. That’s right... you’ve received your treatment
and you’re eating well...with a hearty appetite...sleeping
You are able to
benefit from the healing effects of chemotherapy ...without any
negative reactions or side effects...Accepting all the
benefits...letting go of all adverse effects...taking only as
much radiation... as your body needs to successfully rid itself
of the cancer cells...Taking on just enough chemotherapy
...releasing the unwanted...and so it is.