Clinical Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state of mind. The purpose of hypnosis is to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind. When you are hypnotized, your attention is focused, you are deeply calm, and you are open to suggestions.
Hypnotherapy may be used to effectively to treat the following health problems:
- Change negative behaviors, such as smoking or overeating
- Reduce or eliminate fears, stress and anxiety
- Relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Lower blood pressure
- Control nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
- Reduce hot flashes and sweating due to menopause
- Reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines
- Reduce the perception of chronic pain
Although hypnosis may have the potential to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's typically used as one part of a broader treatment plan rather than as a stand-alone therapy. Like any other therapy, hypnosis can be helpful to some people but not to others. It seems to work best when you're highly motivated and your therapist is well trained.