This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
A well-known physician related to me an experience of his in the case of a uterine fibroid - yes, a fibroid tumor of the uterus. Upon his last examination before an intended surgical operation he found that there was much adhesion, and, rather than jeopardize the life of his patient, he decided upon a plan which he executed as follows:
"Mrs. Blank," he said, "if you will co-operate with me for one year, I feel quite certain that you can get well without the operation I intended. It will all depend upon your intelligent, persistent co-operation and effort. I wish to see you once a week to apply a medicine to the inside of your womb for the influence that it will exert upon lessening the circulation in that tumor, and also to apply a tampon to hold up the heavy organ so that you will suffer no more pain. Now, what I want you to do, in * dead earnest, is this: whenever you think of your condition at all, say to yourself, 'The blood vessels that go to this tumor are drying up, shrinking up, getting smaller and smaller, my womb is getting lighter and lighter, and this tumor is going away. Every day and night it is going away.' "
"Doctor Blank," exclaimed she, "are you a Christian scientist? Do you mean to tell me that any such mental attitude on my part could exert an influence upon a large, hard substance like the things you showed me in those jars?"
"No, madam, I am not a Christian scientist," said he, "but I do know that persistent, intelligent use of the higher brain centers exerts a wonderful influence over the vasomotor neuro regulation of the blood supply to any part of the body upon which attention is centered, and I tell you frankly that if you will do as I advise you, I expect to avoid the necessity of this operation."
"Doctor Blank," replied his patient, earnestly, "I will persistently and constantly do some of the finest thinking that any person ever did, all the time while I am awake and when I retire at night. I will affirm and iterate that this tumor is drying up and shrinking up, that the blood vessels are getting smaller and smaller, and that the tumor is getting lighter and lighter, and is rapidly going away - day and night it is going away."
This physician saw that patient once a week and made a simple application to her womb, but each time assured her that the congestion was being relieved, that the blood vessels were getting smaller, that her womb was getting lighter, and that she was progressing nicely in every way.
Be said that at the end of one year that woman's tumor was less than one-fourth of the original size. His patient at that time said, "Oh, Doctor, it is such a responsibility to have to keep forcing that suggestion upon the involuntary physiological processes all the time."
"Then dismiss it, madam, just as I am going to dismiss you. I am positive that you will experience no more trouble and you may think of yourself as being a well woman."
It was two years since he dismissed that patient and she had experienced no more trouble.
While upon this phase of the subject, let me state here that the sexual instinct and its development is a far more potent factor in the production of neurotic symptoms than is commonly supposed. Nothing so disturbs the tranquillity of the average mind as the belief in his or her own sexual weakness, though it is purely imaginary.
That one individual, however, has a nose that is conspicuous for its enormous convexity and another for its concavity does not prevent this organ from performing its function. So, in the case of the female uterus - which is probably the organ that varies more than any other in position and size - the fact that in one case the fundus points to an angle of forty-five degrees forward when the individual is in the erect position, or forty-five degrees backward in another individual, is no ground to give rise to a diagnosis of abnormality or disease.
This organ is also, from its very nature, subject to a great variety of vascular changes, and when a patient is morbid in the belief that she has some serious uterine affection, with all the perverted mental states that accompany such a self-consciousness, there is no other field of work in which suggestion, in conjunction with some simple application or device, brings such fruitful results.
Get the confidence of your patient; let her know that you are considering her case from every point of view; find out what she believes about her case, obtaining the information tactfully, and then give her a scientific analysis of her case in your own language that will harmonize with her own convictions and her symptoms; and, in making a mental picture to her as to what will be the outcome of the treatment, be sure to cover every symptom.
In other words, in conjunction with your local treatment be sure to give a suggestion to meet every indication, letting your patient feel that the treatment will bring such results. While using suggestion in conjunction with your treatment, do all you can to secure the intelligent co-operation of your patient.
In all gynecological cases there is more or less functional and neuropathic disturbance - such as insomnia, nervousness, indigestion, constipation, despondency, etc. - which can be successfully combated by simple suggestion given at the time the local treatment is applied. Above all, send your patients away less self-conscious of the seriousness of their illness and more confident of a complete recovery.
A casual remark, while holding the attention of your patient, that she will be easy after this, will sleep soundly at night, have a better appetite and feel better in every way, is food stuff for the subconscious mind that furnishes memory pictures or ideas that will be reproduced in the body.