OK, my first *official* post on here will be in the area of complementary medicine, or CM. Now, when you mention CM to a medical practitioner, they might start thinking of many different things – naturopaths, homeopathy, chiropractic practitioners (although there is debate as to whether they are CM or not), among others. It would be my guess that hypnosis probably isn’t on their list. I am currently in a class teaching medical hypnosis, and it has been really interesting, to say the least.
Our professor (who will remain unnamed as I do not have permission to reprint his name) has gone through many hours attempting to teach a group of students the basics of medical hypnosis. Along the way, he has presented many and varied case studies and scientific studies on the effectiveness of medical hypnosis. In the beginning, I was as skeptical as probably the majority of the populace. But, studies have shown that for many people, the power of suggestion can not only take pain away, or reduce the amount of medication people need, but can vastly improve life by reducing undesirable cravings.
This brings me to a point which most people probably misunderstand – what IS hypnosis? If I’m hypnotized, and they tell me to *insert your own graphical sentence here,* will I obey and do what I am told? Hypnosis is only a state of mind – some people call it a “trance,” but our professor simply called it a “deep state of relaxation.” In this state, your mind is more “open” to suggestion. Now, you’re not going to go jump of a cliff; however, the force of positive suggestions is very powerful. A suggestion could be made to a smoker who is trying to quit, for instance, that every day he/she doesn’t smoke, they can feel their lungs becoming clearer, or that they can feel the clean air entering their lungs. Now, in a fully conscious state, you might reject such things; however, in a deeply relaxed state your mind mostly turns off the judgmental portion of your brain, which is why suggestions of this type can work.
This being said, hypnosis may not be for everyone – and most people take at least 2 or 3 sessions to see any benefit. But, for those who might be thinking about how many medications they’re going to have to take, or trying to lose weight and/or kick a habit, hypnosis MIGHT be for you.
Here’s some interesting articles for you to read over that aren’t TOO sciency:
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