The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep.
Hypnotherapist uses exercises that put a person in state of relaxation and an altered state of consciousness also known as a trance.
Hypnosis can teach a person how to master his state of awareness. An individual can affect his body function and the psychological response by mastering his state of awareness.
Hypnotherapy gained popularity in the mid-1900s through the work of Milton H. Erickson who used hypnosis for treatment. The American Medical Association and American Psychological Association both gave recognition to hypnosis therapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institute of Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.
During the process of hypnosis the individual’s body relaxes and his thoughts are more focused and attentive. During the state of hypnosis his blood pressure and heart rate get reduced. The person feels at ease physically but mentally he is fully awake. He is more responsive to suggestion when he is in this state of mind. A trained therapist can guide him to the event that led to the initial reaction and separate the memory from the learned behavior and reconstruct the event with a healthier association.
Hypnotherapy is found to be effective in reducing the fear and anxiety that is associated with pain and surgical and dental procedures. It can improve post surgery recovery time, decrease anxiety and pain. It has helped reducing pain and speed of healing in case of burn patients. The conditions that are known to respond well with hypnotherapy are sleep disorders, addictions, bedwetting, phobias, irritable bowl syndrome, migraine headache, stress, eating disorders, weight loss and cancer related pain.
In addition, hypnotherapy has proved to be very effective in treating drug addiction. Drug addicts are unable to give up the habit because of the chemical changes brought about by the drugs. They become dependent and want the euphoria of the drug to last. They do not want to face reality. Hypnotherapy helps people addicted to drugs by making their minds believe that their body does not need the drugs anymore. As mentioned earlier, it helps to reduce the fear and anxiety associated with the withdrawal symptoms. Many doctors dealing with addicts use hypnotherapy for drug treatment.
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