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Hypnotherapy - Other Medical specialties are using it more and more

Updated on March 28, 2014

Uses for Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy - new possibilities

Many new possibilities arise when a very misunderstood skill is introduced into new areas such as hypnosis being used in medicine. This therapy is used for many things and it is intended to mildly alter a patients state of consciousness.

When hypnotherapy is used the practitioner uses relaxation techniques and begin to make suggestions pertaining to the patients reasons for seeking therapy. This is a could be a phobia, an unwanted habit they might be seeking help to make a change that they have not been able to quit on their own merits. Many people think that people give up control and under the hypnotic state they are under mind control - this is not exactly true.

Many MD's and other practitioners are starting to recommend hypnotherapy for many ailments from gambling, quitting smoking, phobias, and medical conditions.

Who is qualified to perform hypnotherapy?

This should be handled by a trained and skilled professional because ensuring the best care possible is a priority of serious hypnotist practitioners. It's quite common these days to find that other doctors and even dentists are using hypnosis. To be sure they are serious practitioners it's quite likely they have a certificate and are affiliated with certified professional organizations.

What are the mechanics of hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is not a primary treatment. It is usually used as a complementary treatment that is found to be an effective adjunct technique. The process is fairly straight forward. Once the patient is in the hypnotic state then the issues can be explored with an open mind and focus that is an intended consequence. Many people are not able to access some of these events because of the mental trauma that's occurred. This is the way deep issues are resolved via hypnotherapy.

There are many forms of hypnotherapy: They can be practiced in several ways:

1. Suggestion therapy: Hypnosis allows for people to be open to suggestions and this is a great way for people to change behavior they do not want.

2. Analytical hypnotherapy: the approach used in this form of hypnosis emphasizes relaxation and conversation to find issues and expose them to the conscious mind to be dealt with appropriately. Once the hidden trauma is revealed it can be addressed in psychotherapy.

3. Cognitive hypnotherapy: This form of therapy is closely related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is way to remove unwanted thoughts, and behaviors.

When someone is under hypnotic trance they are in a more suggestible state. They are more likely to internalize suggestions. During the session the practitioner is inserting positive suggestions that can change the course of people's lives. The following ailments can be treated using hypnotherapy

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping disorders
  • PTSD
  • Mental Trauma
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking

Hypnotherapy is well liked by many of the patients that have tried it to treat ailments that are not able to successfully treated in conventional ways.

Hypnotherapy for Treatment

On the rise; hypnotism and its newest uses for treating medical conditions

The understanding and use of hypnosis to treat a myriad of medical conditions is expanding at a pace that shows people are more open to hypnosis as a treatment. Hypnosis is being used to treat insomnia, skin conditions, asthma and other chronic conditions. The reason hypnosis is being used is because it works. Doctors are not quite sure as to why it works it works so well, but they are quite certain it does work. This trend is all the rage and is helping more people than ever before.

They believe that when patients are put in the state of trance that the practitioner is able to address issues that are directly related to stress. One thought is that stress is a very large factor in our physical health - when the body is stressed then it is more prone to injury or illness. Some doctors are using it to relieve and alleviate symptoms of arthritis and the pain associated with that ailment. They are finding it as a useful alternative when the normal drug regiments are exhausted because of increased tolerance. They have even used it in cases where the patient was treated to mitigate side effects of chemotherapy as well as help make food taste better. There may be a use for hypnosis for most all illnesses. Hypnotherapy is by far the most common complimentary treatment in medicine.

How is Hypnosis used?

The purpose of hypnosis is to directly effect a patients thoughts, feelings and behavior that could be related to illness and adjust them. One primary characteristic of this is to get the subject focused on healing. This procedure has a particularly large impact on most of the people who try it - even if they do not beleive they can be hypnotized. For instance a person who is using a hypnotherapist might be using it for a toothache in leiu of a primary treatment - hypnosis can alleviate pain and allow a patient to control the level of pain.

A clinical psychologist, Phyllis Alden, has used hypnotic techniques to treat patient for the past 20 years. Her direct experience is that it can be used in the most extreme cases to curb painkiller usage. She thinks of hypnosis as a way to heighten our own awareness and use that focus to combat the patients specific ailment. With the proper focus the result of hypnosis can be what is real suddenly seems not real and what is not real becomes real. It's quite subtle if you think about it but it can be used to achieve unbelievable results.

It's quite common for patients to need a series of sessions that start with hypnotic induction. What this is supposed to do it to increase the trust, rapport and relaxation so as to get the right level of focus to the work can be done as far as inserting positive suggestions. It's largely agreed that in the mind there is a pattern of brain activity that is associated with trance states. You can be put in a trance state even while you watch television at home. In trance states a patient can be given suggestions that effect a number of different areas of the brain such as the cerebral cortex, which controls higher brain functions. In spite of the hype that may be directed towards hypnosis it is not dangerous.

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Potential Uses of Hypnosis

  • Weight Control (optimize eating habits and improve fitness)
  • Quit Smoking
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety & Panic Relief
  • Pain Control
  • Fears and phobias
  • Heal quicker after surgery
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Panic attacks
  • Personal Relationships
  • Public speaking (audience rapport, concentration, memory, presence of mind on stage, stage fright)
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep Patterns
  • Stress Management
  • Stuttering
  • Substance abuse
  • Warts, rashes, skin conditions, etc.
  • Worry

4 Conversational Hypnosis Tips

  • Get their Focus
  • Defeat Their Skepticism
  • Make Them Respond Unconsciously
  • Prepare The Actual Suggestions You’re Looking For


4 Secrets That will Hypnotize Any one, Anytime

Conversational Hypnosis is also know as Covert Hypnosis

Everyone has heard or seen something about hypnosis, but some people do not realize that getting hypnotized can be done with or without the person even realizing what’s happening. This brand of hypnosis is called Covert Hypnosis and it’s a powerful skill set anyone can study, learn and apply in their lives. Some even think hypnosis is fake or impossible to learn – this is contrary to reality. Anyone can learn hypnosis with a little know how and a little practice.

Old Fashioned Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is older than many people believe.
Hypnosis is older than many people believe.

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