What Can be Treated with Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a psychotherapy that brings a person to a state of altered consciousness or a state of mind, better known as hypnosis. Through hypnosis, the person will be able to achieve a state of awareness that is referred to by hypnotherapists as ‘trance-like.’
This form of therapy makes use of guided relaxation techniques to invoke a person’s ability to concentrate and relax much more than they could in a fully conscious state.
This state of awareness can provide many benefits to people, including relief from many symptoms associated with several kinds of health problems.
The following maladies are a few of the many health issues where hypnotherapy has been proven helpful.
Reducing the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that elicits painful digestive symptoms. Some of these may include diarrhea, constipation and bloating. These symptoms can affect a person’s daily life.
Fortunately, there are studies which show the benefits of using hypnotherapy to reduce these effects. In these studies, people who did not experience relief from other forms of treatment reported significant reduction in their symptoms after undergoing hypnotherapy. It has been claimed that hypnosis works better than other forms of conventional therapy for IBS.
Experience shows that it takes four to six sessions of hypnotherapy before the IBS sufferer experiences significant relief. However, there are some who claim to experience relief from their symptoms even after their first session.
Hypnotherapy helps an individual to focus on what is necessary. This process makes it possible for one to alter how the mind responds to pain-causing stimuli. Thus, how the entire body processes and perceives pain and discomfort can also change.
An individual's stress levels can also be lowered which may help in reducing the symptoms of IBS. All these things positively impact the gut function, as well as the perception of the degree of discomfort.
Helping to Fight Addictions
Hypnotherapy is acclaimed for helping people with psychological difficulties such as addiction. While a person is in a susceptible and relaxed state of mind, it will become easier for them to alter their perspectives regarding their addictive behaviors.
Hypnotherapy makes it easier for an individual to accept suggestions that are designed to overcome compulsive and addictive behaviors. When a person is undergoing hypnotherapy, they become more compliant and passive, as their defensive conscious filters are being bypassed.
Fighting Symptoms of Depression
Depression occurs for many reasons, and in many cases, the cause may not be easy to determine. However, with the help of hypnotherapy the underlying cause(s) of depression is more likely to be found. If so, hypnosis will help the person to release it and allow for positive transformation to take place.
Even if the ‘cause’ cannot be succinctly determined, hypnosis can still provide great relief by helping to reduce the adverse response to triggers. It can also help a patient to reprogram their beliefs about their current and future life.
Hypnotherapy helps the person create new neural pathways. It also enables their brain to start weaving new experiences that are imagined vividly while in the hypnotic state. During this time, the person is aware of everything that is happening but they are viewing the events as if from an observer’s point of view.
Hypnotherapy helps a person focus their mind on positive outcomes such as seeing a brighter future. During hypnotherapy sessions, the person will be brought to a future timeline where they will see themselves doing what they want in life.
This way, the subconscious mind will be able to create new beliefs and new positive emotions. In the patient’s conscious state, this will manifest as increased hopefulness and happiness, and a reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms.
Dealing with Cancer
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they are usually immediately affected by extreme fear.
In most cases, cancer patients feel terror and helplessness. They may also feel like they are losing control of their life. This is when hypnotherapy may prove helpful as it helps a person come up with better coping mechanisms.
This makes it easier for them to manage daily stress while also being able to regain a sense of control. From this improved mental and emotional viewpoint, it is much easier to focus on needed changes and actions, instead of imagined and frightening possibilities.
Hypnotherapy can help a cancer patient recover faster from a surgical procedure. It can also help with problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea, and other symptoms common to patients undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
There has been no evidence to prove that hypnotherapy can cure cancer. However, there have been cases when regular sessions of hypnotherapy have contributed to remission.
The benefits of hypnosis are not limited to the above, and by the variation in the conditions, it can be seen that hypnosis can be effective for treating the symptoms of a wide range of mental and physical health issues.