11 Amazing Health Benefits of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is often frowned upon as It sounds like the work of wizards, enchanters and scam artists. However, now there is scientific proof that hypnosis can play a genuine role in protecting and promoting health.

The American Psychological Association (APA) supports hypnotherapy done in conjunction with other therapies and treatments. They support hypnosis that is conducted by professionals who works within the limits of their modality and are trained in the use of hypnosis.

  1. Hypnosis can help improve deep sleep. Swiss researchers were able to measure the effects of hypnosis by monitoring brain activity in a group of healthy, young women. The study indicated that as a result of hypnosis the subjects spent up to 80% more time in the good restorative phase of slow-wave sleep after listening to the hypnosis tape, than they did before. The lead researcher Maren Cordi of the University of Zurich said that in contrast to many sleep-inducing drugs, hypnosis has no adverse side effects and that the results from the study may be of significant importance for patients with sleep problems.

  2. It can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The APA reported that from a study done in 2003 on 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients, 71% percent reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions. Of those who reported improvements, 81 % continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment. In a 2012 study, 85 % of IBS patients reported still feeling better up to seven years after hypnosis. Researcher Magnus Simrén said in a statement that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis, therefore, belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS.

  3. Hypnosis can conquer and control hot flashes.

A 2013 study published in the US National Library of Medicine that was done on postmenopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, found that 12 weeks after the last of the five weekly hypnosis sessions hot flashes were cut by 74 %. Compared to women who received other professional help where only a 17% drop was achieved, hypnosis had substantially better results.

  1. It can ease pain.

The two meta-analyses of existing pain and hypnosis, research that was published in 2000 and 2009, deemed hypnosis effective at lowering and managing pain associated with several conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer.

  1. Hypnosis can calm the nerves.

Hypnosis can harness the powers of the mind, which is why it is often employed to relieve anxieties related to other medical procedures, like surgery, scans, or even giving birth. In the Wall Street Journal of 2012, Melinda Beck wrote: “Hypnosis, in turn, can help patients adjust those expectations to minimize pain, fear and disability.” As there is strong indication that hypnosis is useful for helping individuals manage depression and anxieties, preliminary studies have started to examine hypnosis in depression treatment as well, but more research is needed.

  1. Hypnosis help manage Trouble Sleeping, Insomnia, and Sleepwalking

Hypnosis is a helpful tool if you sleepwalk or struggle with falling and staying asleep. If you have insomnia, hypnosis helps you relax and fall asleep more easily. For the sleepwalker, hypnosis helps you wake up when you feel your feet touching the floor and therefore preventing your sleepwalking escapades. Hypnosis also works for those wants the type of sleep that you feel refreshed when waking up. (Penn Medicine, Health and Wellness, Jan 2019)

  1. Anxiety

Hypnosis can ease anxiety. Hypnosis also help people who struggle with a phobia — a type of anxiety disorder where the person is intensely fearful of something that does not pose a significant threat. (Penn Medicine, Health and Wellness, Jan 2019)

  1. Chronic Pain

Hypnosis can help relieve pain like post-surgery pain, migraines or tension headaches, arthritis, cancer, sickle cell disease, fibromyalgia, lower back pain — may experience relief from hypnosis. (Penn Medicine, Health and Wellness, Jan 2019)

  1. Quitting Smoking

Most of the times, it is difficult to quit smoking. There are many methods, such as nicotine patches and prescription drugs, but many people have found it easier to kick the habit with hypnosis. (Penn Medicine, Health and Wellness, Jan 2019)

  1. Weight Loss

Weight loss is more likely when a weight loss program includes hypnotherapy in combination with diet and exercise changes. (Penn Medicine, Health and Wellness, Jan 2019)

  1. Tinnitus

By working with the mind (in particular, the part of the subconscious that stores memory, imagination and habits) hypnotherapy can help train the mind and change the client’s reaction to tinnitus. By changing the way the mind reacts to tinnitus sounds, other health problems linked with tinnitus may also improve.

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