Gastric Hypnotic Band

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Gastric hypnotic band and medical research.

Gastric hypnotic band is also referred to as Hypno Band, or Gastric Band Hypnosis. A Doctor friend informed me that despite the significant cost of Gastric Band surgery, it is one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to treat a patient suffering from dangerous obesity.

Despite the risks associated with such an invasive surgical procedure, in the long run, it saves the NHS millions of pounds a year. It does this by offsetting the likelihood of future illnesses such as diabetes & heart disease.

There is a growing amount of evidence that shows how the Gastric Band Bypass operation changes appetite.

Carel Le Roux, a bariatric surgeon from London’s Imperial College has recently published a study which shows how this type of surgery affects the hormones in the gut and subsequent eating behaviour.

Le Roux and his colleagues noted that Gastric Bypass surgery in rats, not only reduced total fat and caloric intake but increased their preference for healthier lower fat food.

The authors of this study also noted that their patients with successful Gastric Bypass surgery consumed considerably less fat in their diet than patients who had undergone Gastric Band Surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery (GBP) results in about 56.7-66.5% excess weight loss.  Adjustable gastric banding (GB), a purely restrictive procedure, usually results in 40.7-54.2% excess weight loss. These are both pretty  amazing statistics.

Scientific studies help improve the way I work with my clients who come to me for weight loss or specifically for gastric band hypnosis.

Weight loss and hormones

How can something in the mind change something in the body?  Mind and body are connected; they aren’t separate circuits.  Cells communicate with each other by many mechanisms including the release of hormones through a biological circuitry.

Everything that happens in the body is regulated by the brain, and most of it takes places outside our conscious awareness.  It’s autonomic or involuntary.

Part of the brain called the hypothalamus contains individual cells that control hunger and the feeling of fullness or satisfaction.

The hunger feeling is made by the hormone ghrelin which can be found in the hypothalamus and the stomach lining.

Feeling satisfied or full is down to hormones such as insulin, leptin and peptide which regulate appetite.

These hormones travel through the body, carrying their eat or don’t-eat messages. They trigger nerve circuits running from the gut to the brain. They are influenced in turn, by messages returning from the brain.

Hormones and Hypnosis

It continues to be demonstrated in medical research that hypnosis does influence mind and body behaviour. When one enters a relaxed trance-like state and receives suggestions into the subconscious this changes things inside.  These changes are sometimes called the psychoneuroimmunologic responses.  This response is due to an activation of an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. We can see this by using MRI brain scan imagining when hypnotising patients.

Hypnosis works in part by activating the hypothalamus,  which has a responsibility for hunger and fullness hormones.

My take on the Gastric Hypnotic Band

I’ve trained in the  Gastric Hypnotic Band and over the years have come to the realisation that it’s not the right approach for every single client. Most of my clients have read about the success of this approach in the media and believe it might be the solution to their problem.

It’s worth serious consideration before embarking on costly gastric surgery.

Weight is a complex issue, some lose it quickly only to regain it and more in the months ahead. Motivation and self-responsibility need to be considered in any preliminary consultation. Stress is the biggest contributory factor in overeating.  It’s important that the underlying stress behind any weight gain is resolved. Failure to do this will impact upon the long term success of this approach.

The issue is complex.

If you want to discuss your suitability get in touch with me, Sarah Jons, London Hypnotherapist .

Further reading about Hormones and Gastric Bypass

Another interesting take on the success of Gastric Band Surgery


 By Sarah Jons

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