The aging population in India is fast increasing. According to a recent study, senior citizens in Kerala amount to 10.5 % of the total population; women outnumber men.
As a corollary to aging process, the natural defences of the body weaken, paving way for the entry of several health problems. These include physical, physiological and psychological disorders, as well as social incompatibility. A person may feel inadequate, unwanted and useless, depressed, may consider himself/herself a burden to the family and society, become introverts, or suspicious or  even abusive of others. With change in the family structure, and many of the younger generation migrating to greener pastures, the old people are left to mend for themselves, and they feel helpless and unwanted. Many fall prey to chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular problems, cancer, dementia, etc. and may have to be on life-long mediation. Medicines in such cases often have only a palliative effect, and the disease persists, leading to psychological and emotional distress, further reducing the quality of life.

A holistic approach, catering to the physical, mental and emotional well-being, can help the elderly to cope with the situation, overcome stress and improve their quality of life. Hypnotherapy is a method of treatment, which emphasizes on the mind-body relationship in health, a treatment built on the premise that every disease has a physical and mental/emotional component. In many cases, the physical disorder may be a bodily reaction to some deep-seated emotional problem. Our subconscious mind has a record of all our past experiences, and has unlimited powers of healing. Subconscious mind can be accessed under hypnosis, and the desired changes made through appropriate suggestions. Once the subconscious mind accepts the suggestion, it will be translated into physiological, physical, and behavioural changes needed for solving the problem and effecting cure. It is actually the patient himself/herself who does the healing, while the therapist helps in facilitating the process.

 

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to facilitate the therapeutic effect of suggestions. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness, characterized by focused attention, acute sensory perception, deep relaxation, and hyper-suggestibility. The patient is put under deep hypnosis, and appropriate suggestions to bring about the desired change, are given in that state. Then the patient is brought out of hypnosis and the suggestion starts to take effect. As the problem is tackled at its root, once the healing takes place the effect is lasting. Moreover, hypnotherapy does not use any medicines or other clinical accessories.

Hypnotherapy is effective in treating chronic psychological, physiological and physical problems. It has been successfully used in treating anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, asthma, diabetes, skin problems, hypertension, obesity, insomnia, migraines, arthritic pain, sinus head aches, etc., many of which do not have a cure in the conventionally used systems like Allopathy, Ayurveda, etc. It is a very good option for palliative therapy, relieving pain, anxiety, and fear of death, boosting confidence and bringing a positive attitude towards life.
Hypnotherapy has special relevance to old people, in relieving age-related problems like pain, pain and depression associated with diseases like cancer, piles, arthritis, etc., feeling of loneliness and worthlessness, emotional insecurity and trauma due to death of loved ones, and improving the quality of life. Moreover, as no medicines are used, drug related side effects are eliminated. Hypnotherapy is safe when carried out by qualified persons.

P. Uma Devi, Ph.D., C.Ht.,
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Past Life Therapist,
Trivandrum
(From PROBUSS Newsletter, 2012)