Before we get into how hypnosis can help you improve your overall health, it’s important to note that most people have the wrong idea about hypnosis. When it comes to medicine, hypnosis refers to helping the patient reach a deep state of relaxation. The role of hypnosis in medicine is still evolving, but is being considered in various uses much more than a few decades ago.

Despite what you may think, hypnosis doesn’t involve the patient simply following a set of instructions. An encounter with a hypnotherapist does not involve any swinging pocket watches, and you won’t be made to quack like a duck. Instead, it focuses on actually changing the perception in your brain. It makes your mind more open to suggestions. Basically, you learn to start using your brain and thought to help yourself feel better.

The biggest myth surrounding hypnosis is that it is used to get someone hypnotized. In fact, if you examine it closely, you see that hypnosis can actually be considered self-hypnosis, since the patient will always be in control. The main goal of this type of treatment is to help you realize that all you need to fight your condition is already within you.

Hypnosis has been used in healing for a very long time. It first started getting used in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. It was popularized during the 18th century when a man named Franz Anton Mesmer started noticing its therapeutic value. Hypnosis was starting to get used in medical applications during the 19th century. At the time, it was only being used by Scottish and English physicians. Since then, countless major surgical operations were being performed using hypnosis as the only anesthesia.

Although hypnosis may seem like it’s too good to be true, it actually works. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t help you cure a huge number of different problems. Hypnosis is mostly used to address physical and mental illnesses associated with excess stress. Here are the five most notable medical uses for hypnosis.

Anesthesiology

In certain circumstances, hypnosis can be used as the only form of anesthetic for a surgery. It can even be used for serious surgical procedures such as amputation, removal of the gall bladder, and cesarean section.
Sometimes, due to a patient’s hyper-sensitivity or allergy to chemical anesthesia, surgeons turn to hypnotherapists for help. Additionally, sometimes surgeons require conditions in which the patient is able to respond to their directives or questions.

Childbirth

It’s a well-known fact that medications can increase the risk of something going wrong during childbirth for both the mother and child. Nevertheless, not every woman is able to handle the pain during childbirth. When a woman doesn’t want to use medication but also can’t stand the pain, a hypnotherapist could provide some assistance. In fact, hypnosis can be the sole analgesic for labor.
It’s also worth noting that hypnosis can help reduce vomiting and nausea during pregnancy.

Chronic Pain

It doesn’t matter if you’re suffering from back pain, migraines, headaches, rheumatism, or arthritis, hypnosis can help you deal with the pain. It will also make it easier for you to perform everyday tasks without you paying too much attention to the pain.

Burns

If hypnosis is used quickly after a burn, it can help promote healing and reduce inflammation. More specifically, if hypnosis is used during the first few hours after a burn, it can help you deal with pain and increase the speed of the healing process.

Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that makes it harder for the body to make blood clots, which is a process it must do in order to stop bleeding. Patients suffering from this disorder are often taught to use self-hypnosis in order to control their vascular flow.

Final Thoughts

Other prominent and well founded uses for hypnosis include weight loss, and smoking cessation. It is important to use only a qualified therapist who is reputable and well trained in the practice of hypnosis no matter the reason for choosing hypnosis.

Registered Medical/Surgical and Psychiatric Nurse,

Certified Hypnotherapist/ Success/ Performance Consultant and Coach

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