Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries to help with physical and mental maladies. Some cultures appointed a shaman to hypnotize people for various illnesses such as pain, anxiety or discomfort during childbirth. Today, there are methods that professional medical people recommend that may help alleviate pain and shorten recovery time in surgical patients.
During the Victorian era, hypnosis was used to treat a condition that was then called, ‘hysteria’ Today, we call it anxiety and stress. And, today modern medicine is suggesting self-hypnosis techniques to deal with stress and anxiety among other things.
Here are some ways that self-hypnosis is helping doctors help their patients to deal with certain situations or alleviate the pain and angst associated with them:
* Childbirth- Self-hypnosis is being used to prepare a mother for the birth of her child by reducing anxiety and help to prevent and alleviate discomfort and pain associated with the process.
* Eating disorders – Such disorders as bulimia and anorexia can be helped by the power that self-hypnosis can generate to the mind. Recent studies have shown that those suffering from an eating disorder reacted more to the positive treatment of self-hypnosis than pills or other alternative treatments.
* Dental work – Many people become extremely anxious about visiting a dentist even for a simple cleaning. Self-hypnosis can help by visualization techniques and repeating suggestive mantras. As the patient becomes hypnotized, they’re more apt to visualize positive places than being in a dentist?s chair.
* Anesthesia-free surgeries – Many surgeries become much more dangerous with the use of anesthetics, either because of medications the patient may take or the necessity of having the patient awake. Self-hypnosis can help to anesthetize you to the point where pain is no longer present.
* Fear and anxiety – Most of the medication given to people today involves helping to alleviate unwarranted fears and anxiety. When you practice self-hypnosis on a regular basis, you can leave the pills behind and heal yourself of these awful feelings.
* Depression – Self-hypnosis is all about replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Since depression is caused by a series of negative thoughts and self-talk, it’s essential that you reach the subconscious mind to change them and heal the thoughts that are keeping you from living the life you desire.
* IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – This painful and life-altering disorder can definitely be helped by self-hypnosis. In fact, medical professionals are now using this method as an integral part of their practices to help overcome the disorder.
The past hundred or so years has presented a mountain of evidence through studies and research that self-hypnosis does have a place in modern medicine and can bring about remarkable changes toward improving a patient’s life.