Hypnosis is now accepted as mainstream medical therapy,
and is being increasingly used for treatment of a range of conditions
from cancer and AIDS to smoking addiction and phobias such as fear of
"Being hypnotized is something like looking through a telephoto
lens," explains Dr. David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, "What
you see you see with great detail, but you're less aware of the surroundings,
of the context in which you're experiencing it. So it's like getting so
caught up in a good movie that you forget you're watching the movie, you
enter the imagined world. That's what a hypnotic state is like. You wake
up and pay attention in a highly focused way. So the parts of the brain
that are involved in attention, the frontal cortex, for example, are turned
on when you're hypnotized."
The brain is in a highly focused state of attention, and amenable to
suggestions made to it; as also being more determined to carry out decisions
already arrived at. As a result, hypnosis has become an effective therapy
that can help with a wide range of stress and habit related problems-
hypnosis can provide the key to the subconscious mind and facilitate new
ways of dealing with difficulties.
Although hypnosis had been used in the past by Eastern medical systems,
it became sporadically used in the western world as late as the eighteenth
century. World War II, however, brought it to center-stage, when it was
very successfully used to anaesthetize pain during surgical procedures
carried out on the battle-field in the absence on anesthetics. Since then,
it's become accepted, for instance, that the brain can virtually shut
down pain signals when preoccupied.
In 1995, a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut reviewed
six weight-loss studies that compared the effect of cognitive therapy
— identifying eating triggers and defusing them — with and without hypnosis.
About 70% of the overweight people who got hypnosis lost more weight and
kept it off longer than those who got only talk therapy. Weight loss through
In a 2002 look at 20 studies on hypnosis and surgical pain, Mount Sinai
researchers found that adding hypnosis to standard post-surgical care
sped recovery almost 90% of the time, in terms of levels of pain, anxiety
and the need for painkillers.
But there's more research going on. While many psychologists agree that
it is particularly effective in the treatment of phobias, patients have
been known to recover from AIDS and Cancer through use of hypnosis therapy.
However, all agree that a pre-requisite for success is that the patient
must believe in the power of the mind-body connection. Hypnosis is also
used extensively in pain management, being very effective in situations
where quick relief is needed, like injuries to athletes and sport people.
If nothing else, those who respond to hypnosis are the ones who have
learned to escape into their minds for a time, using the power of imagination
In fact, both Visualization and Guided imagery are two of the most powerful
therapeutic tools we have to create change within ourselves. Thoughts
that begin in our minds create reactions in our bodies.With visualization
and guided imagery, we can actually effect physical and chemical changes
in our bodies --for example, lowering blood pressure or fighting cancer.
We can find solutions to problems, overcome obstacles, reduce stress and
reach peak performance levels of achievement. We are able to do this by
planting positive images of achievement, success and health in our minds
and mentally rehearsing these images repeatedly, we can create a desired
Try it out. With your eyes closed, allow yourself to enter into a very
relaxed or altered state -- our capacity for learning, healing and change
is greatly enhanced when we're in an altered state -- and focus on your
objective. Visualize the process of reaching your goal from beginning
to end, using all of your senses and "feeling" it in your body
as much as possible, until you have mentally achieved the results you
desire. You have nothing to lose but your skepticism!"
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One of the treatment areas that hypnosis has proved itself is to kick
the smoking habit. Smoking is medically accepted as the single largest
cause of lung cancer and lung disorders. Hypnosis can change the habitual
smoker's mind set. Any person with a high degree of commitment can stop
smoking with the help of a proven hypnosis program from the Hypnosis
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