How Hypnosis Works and What Issues It can Address
A research conducted in 2007 revealed to a number of psychologists that hypnosis can significantly reduce the pain felt by burn victims during debridement of wounds (debridement is the removal of dead, devitalized, contaminated tissue, and any other foreign material from a wound which inhibit healing. In 2009, another psychology expert, who has conducted extensive research on hypnosis and pain management, found out that hypnosis, combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy, could reduce the fatigue felt by breast cancer patients while undergoing radiation therapy.
So many other studies show that hypnosis is an effective tool in reducing pain. In fact, even during the Civil War, army surgeons already used hypnosis on injured soldiers to control pain during amputations.
Both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis affirm that hypnosis really does help in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety, phobias and depression. More than these, however, hypnosis, also called hypnotherapy, has been found to be a valuable tool in providing solution to so many concerns, like chronic pain, self-confidence, anger, stress, worry, public speaking, sexual problems, gambling, smoking, obesity, study habits, hopelessness, panic attacks, negative feelings, self-control, hypertension, alcohol abuse, and drug dependence, to name just a few.
Hypnosis can be used to make positive changes in a person’s life; however, for it to be effective, the person to be hypnotized should have firm determination to change, otherwise, he/she will only definitely fail and go back to his/her old ways.
During hypnosis, a person will feel deeply relaxed; his/her subconscious also becomes fully awake and aware, while his/her conscious state fades back. While in this relaxed trance, it would also be easy to give him/her ideas or suggestions which he/she would easily believe – ideas such as alcohol, cigarette and drugs are bad and will only make him/her physically ill. These suggestions will be retained in his/her subconscious level, resulting to a change in behavior after he/she is brought out of the relaxed trance. Hypnosis, clearly, is not about a therapist controlling the mind of a patient; it is rather a patient being taught and learning how to control himself/herself and his/her actions more effectively. Anyone can choose to have hypnosis as treatment, except those who do not want to be hypnotized, those who are drunk or stoned, and those who have below average IQ.