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Hypnosis and Health: Does It Really Work?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Hypnosis is one of those areas that seems to fall into the mystical or new age category. Some people claim it’s worthless or that it’s a complete sham. And yet on the other side of the coin, there are a number of people who claim that it can actually bring some healthy benefits to your life. Unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, you likely don’t know the truth behind this quirky treatment. So, what is the truth? Is it snake oil in an interesting wrapping? Or does it really work? Read on to find some information regarding the mysterious practice.

How Does It Work?

The idea behind hypnosis is that an idea is placed into your subconscious mind. Though you probably picture a swinging necklace or swirling lines in order to induce the state of hypnosis, it doesn’t really work that way. Most of the time, hypnotists will use a series of relaxation techniques and their voice, and that’s it.

For What Ailment is it Used?

There is actually quite a wide range of ailments that may be helped through hypnosis. Some of the most common include:

  • Smoking - A great many people claim that after a visit to the hypnotist, their desire for a cigarette faded completely.

  • Overeating - Similar to smoking, some people claim that hypnosis helped them tame their cravings for food, which ultimately leads to weight loss.

  • Pain Management - Some claim that being put into a hypnotic state on a regular basis helps with chronic pain management.

  • Insomnia - Hypnosis requires a deep state of relaxation. Because of this, many claim that a hypnotist cured their insomnia.

Are There Any Benefits?

While the above ailments seem to respond on a case by case basis, there are some additional benefits that seem to come about for the vast majority of patients. Because hypnosis is such a relaxing treatment, a great number of people claim that their sleep habits improve afterward. A deeper, more comfortable sleep is experienced by almost everyone. Another common benefit that may stem from the deep relaxation seems to be a more calm state overall. Anxiety and stress may be quelled with ongoing care. Are these benefits real and true? Though it’s hard to find scientific studies on the procedure, the experiences of millions side with these and other benefits.

What’s the Verdict?

The real verdict is … you have to see for yourself. There are too many variables to make a conclusive statement one way or the other. While some who get the treatment don’t see any improvements to their health, there are still a great number of people who claim it is the most beneficial treatment that they have ever received. They claim big benefits with serious impact. If you are curious, contact a local hypnotist and see for yourself. Just remain open-minded, ask plenty of questions, only use a licensed professional, and see what happens for you and your health.

For some of these areas of concern, you may instead want to stick to something a little more hands-on, such as chiropractic. A trip to your local chiropractor at The Joint may result in easing chronic pain and improve your sleep. Drop in, since there's a no-appointment policy, and take advantage of its no-insurance policy pricing.


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