I want to assure you that even though stage hypnotists, TV shows, and novels have portrayed hypnosis negatively, hypnosis has been scientifically studied and shown to be a legitimate and effective form of treatment.
Studies have found that it has positive results when done in conjunction with other treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, for several varieties of conditions and alone. Hypnosis can be effective in protecting and/or promoting good health.
Hypnotherapy has been around for hundreds of years. One of the first noted cases was in 1950 when a hypnotherapist used hypnosis with a patient who had a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) instead of using painkillers or any other form of anesthesia. It has recently become more popular in the medical field and has been added to services provided by world-renowned facilities such as the Mayo Clinic. The most noted studies on hypnosis were completed in 2000 and 2009 in relation to pain management. Studies as far back as 1986 showed that participants lost more weight than those who were not hypnotized. Studies conducted in relation to smoking, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression also showed evidence of its effectiveness.
It is common for people to misunderstand the concept of hypnosis and to believe that it causes them to relinquish control. You must know, you do not lose control of your behavior.
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The blog is written by :
Aloha McGregor, APC, CCHt, NCC
Therapist & Assistant Clinical Director