Based on the premise that a supreme healing force exists in everyone, healing through Self-hypnosis accesses that force and focuses in on specific goals related to healing, both mental and physical. This concept also recognizes the existence of healing dimensions beyond the self and our capacity through self-hypnosis to tap into them.
Hypnosis is increasingly used with healing applications in all fields of medicine: to modulate pain, reduce certain side effects of medications, and to accelerate healing during and after convalescence. It is also used to prepare patients for surgery and hospital procedures, and childbirth by reducing anxiety and instilling affirmative healing imagery. It should be understood that any discussion of hypnosis is inclusive of self-hypnosis, and it should also be understood that anything that can be accomplished through hypnosis can be accomplished through meditation, but we have to beyond the common perceptions about meditation as just a state of soulful self-oblivion to understand the worldly practical applications.
Hypnosis has been called the most powerful non-drug physical relaxant available. In addition it has the potential to reach beyond the neuromuscular system to involve the autonomic nervous system to positively influence the mechanisms of disease while integrating the healing process with the emotional system and the higher realms of the psyche.
Hypnosis, self-hypnosis, and meditation, all progress from the relaxation of the physical body to remove or by-pass emotional blockage and open the mind to possibilities beyond past restrictive conditioning. Meditation has a particular value in reduction of stress—considered by most health professionals as a genuine "killer" of older people because it is cumulative in physical damage and tends to become a habitual mental pattern.
Slate & Weschcke: Self-Empowerment Through Self-Hypnosis