No less so than waking or sleeping, hypnotic trance is a state of consciousness, and it can have some powerful therapeutic effects.
Hypnosis allows a person to enter a mental state in which suggestions are readily accepted, so couldn’t it be used to help people overcome fears, heal faster and improve the performance of skills?
Since the 1960s, hypnotherapists have been answering that question with documented results. The use of trance is gradually becoming accepted by the mainstream, with renowned medical journals agreeing to publish articles on the subject.
Following are just a few facets of life in which hypnosis is proving to be a powerful tool.
To Lose Weight
In a hypnotic state, one is able to concentrate fully on specific suggestions, while disregarding negative thoughts; a concept that can aid with weight loss.
Simply by repeating a well-designed mantra, on a regular basis, one is able to overpower subconsciously harmful thoughts towards food. One father and son hypnotherapy team, Herbert and David Spiegel, have reported excellent weight loss results amongst their clients, by asking them to regularly repeat the mantra: “For my body, too much food is damaging. I need my body to live. I owe my body respect and protection.”
To Stop Smoking
John Ryder, Ph.D. believes hypnosis is an excellent tool to help change behaviors like smoking. Describing his work with a patient named “Jack” in Psychology Today, Ryder stated “I suggested a variety of strategies to build up his motivation and determination to quit. It is important to identify what could be called the ‘internal weaknesses or potential sabotage’ to the success of the intentions being made.”
Jack managed to kick his 22-year smoking habit in just a matter of months because hypnosis gave him “the internal tools he needed repeatedly to overcome his weaknesses and successfully quit smoking.”
To Overcome Ailments
Research indicates that hypnosis can be used as a tool to combat phobias, depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. It can ease the pain of childbirth. It can also have an alleviating effect on certain diseases … even cancer.
Dr. Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, attests to evidence showing how hypnotherapy can help to cure sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an illness that manifests as acute abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
Although there is no specific cure for IBS, Dr. Valori has been referring his IBS patients to hypnotherapy since the 1990s, with impressive results. Of the 100 cases that Dr. Valori documented, symptoms drastically improved for 9 out of 10 patients, while 4 in 10 reported a complete end to their symptoms.
To Enhance Performance
In much the same way as with weight loss or smoking, hypnosis can be used to strengthen resolve, focus, motivation and the ability to perform under pressure, whether at work, home or in the sporting arena.
A number of the world’s most successful businessmen and women report that they regularly see a hypnotherapist. In the sporting field, Tiger Woods is perhaps one of the most high profile proponents of hypnotherapy; he initially worked with a hypnotist in his teens to improve his golf game.
Hypnosis may not replace pharmaceuticals in the near term, but there are certainly good arguments for adding it to the doctor’s kit. The side effects are almost always positive, too.
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