Alternative Health

Does Hypnotherapy Work?

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Written by Nancy

If one of your closest friends comes up to you and tells you that they’re undergoing hypnotherapy to put a stop to their excessive smoking, you will likely respond with a question that has become too common among the general population,

Does hypnotherapy work?

Unlike its portrayal in the general media, hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to treat a range of health concerns such as anxiety and panic disorders, sleep disorders, drug or alcohol dependency, weight issues, Migraines, and even smoking addiction.

But don’t just take our word for it; let’s take a look at hypnotherapy and what some of the most prominent medical associations have said about its efficacy.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy is a medical treatment that makes use of hypnoidal state with the use of hypnotic suggestion to induce a trance-like state where the clients’ focus and concentration become heightened. With the help of mental images or verbal repetition, a certified clinical therapist helps the client feel calm relaxing the analytical part of the mind, known as the “Critical Faculty”, so that the client can begin to take control of any undesired behavior they want to change.

From helping clients deal with pain such as childbirth, IBS, cancer, burns, headaches or dental injuries and alleviating hot flashes during menopause to inducing behavioral changes that help people overcome smoking, insomnia, and over-eating, hypnotherapy works as an effective treatment. In addition to that, it can also treat mental health conditions such as phobias, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as the side effects of cancer treatments.

Let’s see what prominent medical associations have to say about how effective hypnotherapy is.

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British Medical Association

The British Medical Association was one of the first organizations to consider hypnotherapy as a potential method of treatment in 1892. However, despite the various reports released by the organization that attested to the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in alleviating several functional ailments, medical professionals continued to dismiss the importance of the treatment until the mid 20th century.

In 1957, a paper published by the British Medical Journal titled, “The Medical Use of Hypnotism” helped therapists and medical professionals overcome their prejudice against hypnotherapy by introducing evidence generated after thorough scientific experimental research.

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association followed suit and published a report in 1958 that recognized hypnosis as a useful technique in the treatment of illnesses if employed by qualified medical and dental personnel.

The association published the report that identified hypnotherapy as an orthodox medical treatment instead of relegating it to a method that belongs in the realm of alternative medicine. In 1961, the American Medical Association’s council on mental health also recommended that doctors and medical students complete 144 hours of hypnotherapy training.

American Psychological Association

Due to the efforts and research conducted by the Society of Psychological Hypnosis, the American Psychological Association also endorsed hypnotherapy and confirmed its effectiveness for a wide range of health issues and ailments.

Their report addressed the controversy surrounding the role of hypnotherapy as a viable treatment and suggested that clinicians should look beyond the portrayal of media and recognize this effective therapeutic technique for what it actually is.

Are you ready to start hypnotherapy for your health concerns? Get in touch with Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples today!

They specialize in treating several problems such as panic attacks, migraines, weight issues, and phobias. Their certified clinical therapists also offer hypnotherapy to alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders, insomnia, and sleep disorders.

Get in touch with them to book an appointment in Naples, FL!

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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