Virtual Gastric Banding
The virtual gastric band is based on the idea of the surgical gastric band. There is no certainty of its origins as the concept has been constructed in a number of ways by various clinical hypnotherapists the first of which were Martin & Marion Shirran at the Elite Clinic in Spain, Armando Scharovsky and Sheila Granger. Granger’s interpretation of the Virtual Gastric Band garnered interest from the media[ and the BBC when she began working alongside a National Health Services(NHS) general practitioner (GP) and ran a trial that proved 95% successful. Sheila has trained clinical hypnotherapists in USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. The virtual gastric band is a concept used by many companies under a range of alternate names. No individual can claim ownership over the name “virtual gastric band” as it is a concept open to interpretation by any clinical hypnotherapist. However, some interpretations are more successful than others.
The procedure used more often consists of a series of hypnosis sessions. During the hypnosis session the brain is ordered to believe the stomach is smaller than it really is and the hypnopedia sessions are used to reinforce improvements in alimentary habits. As a consequence, the ingestion of food is limited in a virtual way, which produces as a result loss of weight. After the process, some reinforcements are made via psychological treatment for the management of anxiety.
One of the most common areas of controversy of is the use of hypnosis as a tool for an effective therapy.] In a study made in 1996 in which hypnosis was combined with a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) it was found that people who used both treatments lost more weight than people that only used CBT.
The gastric virtual band procedure does not require surgery, and hence, there is no physical trauma or need for hospitalization. It is also believed that loss of weight can be experienced from the beginning of treatment. Hypnosis also has reduced costs compared with surgery.
The treatment is not very well known and hence the results are not yet widely confirmed. Hypnotherapy is, however, included in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK as part of its complementary and alternative medicines for obesity. Some of those who have tried VGB express it requires great discipline in the hypnopedia sessions, such that the changes in alimentary habits really happen.
As opposed to other procedures requiring surgery, the VGB could represent meaningful losses of weight permanently since it focuses directly in the alimentary habits. UK clinical hypnotherapist Sheila Granger claims 95% success rate however research or clinical trials supporting this have not yet been published.
Sheila Granger has just finished training our clinical hypnotherapist and we are proud to announce that we can now carry out Virtual Gastric Banding. If you need more information contact us on 1300 64 53 54