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How to Relieve Hypertension with Hypnosis

Updated on May 17, 2012
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Statistics On Deaths Caused by Cardiovascular Related Illnesses

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"Heart attack, stroke, and other kinds of cardiovascular disease kill around 1 million people a year, twice the number of people who die from cancer. The death toll is low considering over 60 million Americans are infected with a type of cardiovascular disease. Examples of this are antherosclerosis and hypertension".

Lowering The Pressures Of Your Health

Is your blood pressure high? Well if it is you are not alone, over 60 million U.S. citizens have the same problem. That is a very large percentage of the population. The fact is many of us have settled into a sedentary life style because of modern conveniences.This doesn't mean you are lazy, not when so many others are having the same health issues as yourself. If it were a flu virus the CDC would declare hypertension a pandemic since so many people die from the complications through heart attacks and kidney issues. The amount of pressures a person suffers just being a member of society with relationships, work pressures, and financial pressures can make a person sick.

So a battle is being waged through medications and medical treatments to counter the rise of high blood pressure in society. But there is a subset of alternative treatments many people over look and that many doctors don't always address as possible avenues to reduce your stress level. These alternatives are out there and can help hypertension sufferers as well. One of these treatments is hypnotherapy. In order for hypnotherapy to work you must be open-minded about hypnosis.

Mindfulness and Relaxation

You just had a heated argument and your heart is beating fast, your face is flushed, your eyes feel heavy and squinted, your throat is dry, you are taking in deep labored breaths. Your body seems to shake with bridled anticipation. There is a distinct change in your level of awareness as your fists clench and you feel the adrenalin kicking in.

It's at a time like that when you have to try to keep yourself in check. Especially if you have hypertension. Each year 250,000 deaths are caused by coronary heart disease. The last thing you want to do is add your number to that heap. You can learn through hypnotic therapy to respond to it by going into a mindful state of consciousness. This is a term for being able to control your emotions by focusing on what is happening and how to appropriately respond to it. Much if this comes from cognitive behavioral therapy. .

How to Relieve Hypertension with Hypnosis

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Cingulate Gyrus (Auto Functioning Part of the Brain)

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Image created using wiki commons images in Photo-scape and GIMP. The Cingulet Gyrus Cortex controls auto functions of the body like heart rate, and body temperature.

What is at Work Here?

For a long time now neural psychologists have studied the mind body connection and how the brain effects our physical body all the way down to cell level. Neural scientists have studied trance states practiced by Buddhist priest and found that when these men went into their meditation induced trance states they were able to lower their heart rates and regulate their core temperatures. They could control their body temperature so well that even ice was melting into steam off their backs. The monks did this after they climbed to a high mountain peak and all sat together in their regular robes to meditate.

Hypnosis is the power of suggestion. It is a subconscious reaction to an outside source of influence. We submit our cognitive filters and allow ourselves to be receptive of what it is we are told we are experiencing. This allows the person doing the hypnosis to a subject to draw out things that are seated in the brains subconscious.


Hypnotherapy is the process of using the tools of language to help guide a relaxed trance patient to mentally and emotionally control their behavior by implanting suggestive commands. The idea is that people build mental maps of places and events that are formed into mental constructs of the environments and situations we interact with and perceive.

Understanding this we can use general ques through a survey about people; through these ques and surveys we build a profile about the client that helps determine what course of hypnotic treatment will best help the client. Then they can develop ongoing hypnotic therapy based on what type of affliction or therapeutic healing is needed.

The Mind Body Connection

The figure shows a brain scan of a patient who is undergoing hypnotic trance to control pain. As  you can see the image on the left is in a very excited state, the image to the right is almost in a deep sleep mode of relaxation.
The figure shows a brain scan of a patient who is undergoing hypnotic trance to control pain. As you can see the image on the left is in a very excited state, the image to the right is almost in a deep sleep mode of relaxation. | Source

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Diagram of the heart and its relation to the brain and blood pressure.
Diagram of the heart and its relation to the brain and blood pressure. | Source

Rapid Induction: This can be done by a sudden deflection, looking into the eyes of the subject and leading their gaze into yours, a sudden rapid downward motion causing their eyes to roll upward while looking into yours which causes shock and a sudden loss of cognitive spacial perspective which opens up the subconscious part of the mind. In that instant you can plant a suggestion to sleep and direct the person all the way down into induction and trance. Telling them to relax and to rest their head on your shoulder as you guide them into a comfortable sitting position.

So What Do You Need To Do Now?

This is a list of the steps one needs to take to see a hypnotherapist that can help them lower their blood pressure.

  • Stress can cause hypertension by raising the heart-rate in a fight or flight response which releases endorphins making the body go through a physiological change. Hypnosis can be used to help a person relax by giving subtle yet powerful suggestions.
  • You will need to find a therapist, if you can try and see if your normal practitioner will see you and recommend someone. Hypnotherapy is recognized by the American Medical Association there are no licensing requirements demanded by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Once you have had your first appointment see fif you are allowed to come at least once a week.
  • You must treat the sessions as a priority for your health. Appointments usually take an hour or so.
  • It may take weeks before you see results.
  • You will focus on relaxation and meditation techniques. You will use them to help you calm down and deal with your daily routines.

Finding a Hypnotherapist

Finding the right Hypnotherapist for you requires some work on your part. Considerations such as budget, location, qualifications, and if you just feel uneasy can make or break your choice on who you want to see.

  • Do you feel comfortable with the person?
  • Do they have a degree in therapy and a certification in hypnosis?
  • Is the office and exam room relaxing enough for you to feel at ease?
  • Does the therapist want to set clear goals to be accomplished by our time?
  • Are you willing to be open to the fact that hypnosis can and will help you?

My Guide By Cow Flipper

If possible have your Blood Pressure checked before this Guide is used and After to see what your results are.

Have someone with you that you trust to sit with you and read this script:

WARNING: I make no guarantees that this script will produce the effects (you feel) they should. The idea here is to be open to the practice of hypnosis as a tool to help you control your blood pressure and heart-rate. I believe you should seek a licensed practitioner to have this type of therapy done.

I provide you this script if you have no other means of getting this type of help but I am not responsible and nor is Hubpages for its use and take no legal responsibility of the actions of a reader or 3rd party that uses this information. This article is for information purposes only.

Play ambient sounds like running water very low in the background and have the patient sitting in a comfortable relaxed position on a couch our chair or bed. Make sure there is no extra light in the room and that the temperature is cool. Have some cold water nearby and some tissues. All these are tools to help make the patient feel more at ease.


Step 1: Close your eyes and place your hands and arms restingly at your side.

Step 2: Take in a slow deep cleansing breath in through your nose to the count of six.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and breath out on 6.... slowly exhale out and breath in again to the count of six.

Step 3: As you continue breathing concentrating on the rythmic in and out of your breath I want you to listen to my words and see them in your mind.

The Lead Down:

As you breath I want you to invision with each cleansing breath that all the tension in your body is leaving you with each deep and espressive exhale. Any negative emotions and feelings are also leaving your body with each breath that leaves your lungs so goes with it any ill feelings, or negative blockages within your bodies healing immune system. Each inhale brings in living light and love, feelings of energy and healing. You feel your heart beating strongly and rhythmically. Your blood feels cleaner, thinner, and pumps easily through your cleansed system.

As I count down from 10 to 1 you will feel your body becoming heavier and heavier as I count upward. 1, 2, feel your arms and legs resting heavily at your sides, 3, 4, you feel your body resting deeply into the (couch, bed, chair), your body is heavy and relaxed, 5, 6, your eyelids are so heavy now, your face is so relaxed. All your body is as heavy a lead weight pressing deeply into where you are resting, 7, 8, 9, and 10. You are totally relaxed and safe.

I want you to see your heart beating, I want you to feel your blood within your body flowing freely. When you are confronted with stress of any kind you will take in the stressful situation and begin tasking it by priority. If it is something you have no control over you will have to list the best possible outcomes and use the list when the time comes.

Always remain in control and calm. If you feel you are unable to control your emotions begin breathing to a count of 6 until you are relaxed and centered.

As I count to 20 you will begin to awaken from your deeply relaxed state.

1, 2, 3, your body is begin to feel lighter, 4, 5, 6, 7, You feel yourself able to move, 8,9, 10, 11, Feel yourself becoming aware of your surroundings, `12, 13, 14, 15, Take a deep refreshing breath, feel your chest rise and oxygen returning to your muscles. 16, 17 open your eyes, 18, 19, 20 AWAKE! Feel yourself re-energized feeling healthy and more relaxed and in control of your emotions.

Well I hope this helps you and Good luck friend.


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    • cheetah786 profile image


      6 years ago

      this hub is very useful. tips are really helpful. i have bookmarked it for future reference.. great work..!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile image

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You have written a very useful and most informative hub about the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis and healing. many people still associate hypnosis with stage hypnosis and they find it hard to see it any other way. Thank you.

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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      Low potassium can also cause high blood pressure, so supplements can help.


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