Once disregarded as a parlor trick, hypnosis is increasingly believed to improve many of those outcomes. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a therapy in 1958 (although it later rescinded its position, according to the ASCH), and the APA followed suit three years later, according to Harvard Medical School. That's not to say it's a panacea: In fact, more research is needed to prove lasting benefits of hypnosis for certain facets of health, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. But more promising results exist in other areas of study. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of hypnosis to consider.
Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy is used for many issues. Of course, we use hypnosis or hypnotherapy for weight loss and losing weight naturally, and to quit smoking, however, there are many more areas where hypnosis can help your life. You can use hypnosis or hypnotherapy for stress reduction, pain management, increasing your immune system, infertility, cancer treatment support, insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, pre-operative and intraoperative procedures, speeding up healing, skin conditions, phobias of all types, anxiety, bed wetting, fertility issues and more. Since 1995 the National Institute of Health has strongly recommended hypnosis to treat insomnia (“Integration,” 1995). For those with sleep apnea, hypnosis can be used to diminish the sensation of wearing the CPAP mask.
Medical Hypnosis is gaining credibility! The use of hypnosis is starting to be recognized, as complementary, within the medical field as a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses.
In 1996, an NIH Technology Assessment Panel confirmed hypnosis as an effective adjunct in alleviating pain. In July, 2001, Scientific American stated, "Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses especially in controlling pain."
The Wall Street Journal in the October 7th, 2003 issue stated, "Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body."
In 2005, Harvard did a study regarding the use of pre-operative hypnosis to relieve anxiety and a similar study was done in 2007 at Mt. Sinai Hospital regarding the use of pre-operative hypnosis for breast biopsy patients in speeding up healing and reducing the amount of pain medication needed during and after surgery.
Today we now refer to hypnosis under the heading of mind-body medicine. Hypnosis is safe, inexpensive, has no negative side-effects, uses no drugs, and most importantly, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.