It wasn’t long ago that people who believed in the power of affirmations and positive suggestions to improve their health (or any area of their life for that matter) were considered to be one sandwich short of a picnic. However, today it is generally acknowledged that the patient’s mental state can play a significant role in the efficacy of their treatment and thus recovery.
Researchers in the Middle East recently investigated the use of positive suggestions to help reduce and alleviate the incidence of post-operative nausea in patients undergoing elective surgery.
Fifty women undergoing elective abdominal hysterectomy were randomly assigned into two groups; the women in group one were played a blank audio cassette and the second group were played a tape containing positive suggestions relating to their condition.
The results showed that the patients in group two experienced a 36% reduction in vomiting compared to 60% experienced by the women in group one. the number of vomiting episodes in group one was 3.1 per patient compared to 1.7 in group two. Furthermore, patients in group one required a significantly higher amount of antiemetic medication (66.6%) compared to patients in group twp (22.2%).
The researchers concluded that positive suggestions played to patients by audio tape has a statistically significant beneficial effect on reducing and alleviating post-operative nausea and vomiting in patients who have undergone abdominal hysterectomy elective surgery.
Maroof M et al. Intra-operative suggestions reduce incidence of post hysterectomy emesis. Journal of Pak. Medical Association 47(8) August 1997. 202-4.