The Controversy Over Hypnosis in Medicine

By: David Wells

Today more than ever people are turning to non- traditional means of healing and medicine to combat
the dangers of medications and other medical practices. In recent years hypnosis has been controversial for what appears to be because it is simply misunderstood. Many people have a vision of someone dangling a watch back in forth to send the patient to another planet. This is not the case and is only one of the many myths that plague the practice.

Hypnosis allows for a deep relaxation and becoming one with the inner soul and mind. There are a number of benefits from hypnosis and is proven to help in healing and relaxation. One of the myths is that hypnosis only allows the person to relax while in a 'trance'.

First, the reason that hypnosis works is because it allows for the person to resolve issues during the session that are currently causing distress in their lives. Many therapists use hypnosis for memory therapy and to help the patient come to terms with feelings and disturbances.

Another very common myth is that the hypnotist can put thoughts or feelings into the mind of their patient. This could not be further from the truth. During hypnosis the patient is fully aware of their surroundings and actions.

This myth comes from the fact that many individuals can be brainwashed, but this generally happens in the everyday world not during hypnosis. Hypnosis can not make the person act or believe something that they are not already inclined to do so.

As with anything there are a few individuals that have caused hypnosis to fall under the prey of skeptical members of society. Over the years some have entered into the profession with improper training and basically were attempting to line their pockets.

A way to avoid this is to only visit a reputable provider and ensure that they have the credentials to perform hypnosis. For those skeptics and others that question the validity of hypnosis we simply refer to studies that have found the healing and health benefits of hypnosis. There is no arguing with reputable research and patients that report medical benefits.

Anxiety disorder affects millions of individuals every year. These distortions are based on the irrational fears of others viewing them or looking upon them in a negative light. The best way to dispel these irrational fears is to face them and learn to hold their chin up, facing their fears with clinical hypnosis.

The scripting in their mind has become such that they hear things that are not even really there. The same fear that a person has of an animal is the same fear that the panic or anxiety disorder individual suffers in a crowd of people. Though it is not a realistic fear it is still very real to them.

Everyone has some type of fear or anxiety, but everyone is different. So what may be a fear for one person may not be for another. That is the reason that some do not understand how anyone could be afraid of a crowd, bird or cat.

There are millions of phobias and fears. Hypnosis therapy can help change those anxiety scripts and replace them with a normal script that allows the person to coexist in their environment without fear. Fears cost millions every year in sick days and hospital visits. A hypnosis session is very reasonable and can change the programming of the mind very quickly.

Fears are very real and individuals try very hard to reason their fears away. Unfortunately this is not always successful and it leaves the individual to suffer throughout their lives. Hypnosis treatment can teach the individual how to reason and use logic to make a sound decision as to whether something is real or imagined.

In most cases fears are not logical or possible. For example, a patient that has a fear of cat realizes that a cat will not harm her, yet she is still afraid of them. This is an irrational fear and one that has not been followed through with logic or reasoning. In hypnosis the body is relaxed as well as the mind and allows the brain to rationalize the fear. This is the only true way to reprogram the brain!

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