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9 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Hypnosis

Hypnosis, a feeling associated with relaxation, heightens the level of concentration and focus in people. Moreover, it can endow various scientifically proven health benefits.

Mental Health By Ariba KhaliqJul 09, 2014

What is Hypnosis?

For a layman’s understanding, hypnosis is a state of being that resembles sleep but involves more than one person i.e. the participant and the hypnotist; the former responds to suggestions made by the latter in a hypnosis session. You must be relating it to the “You are getting sleepy... I rule your mind now,” hypnosis which you watch in films and TV series. Well, it actually is a clinical procedure used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments. If done by credential therapists, hypnosis can produce a state of inner absorption, concentration and focussed attention to reap various health benefits.  Image Courtesy: Getty


Induces Deep Sleep

Swiss researchers measured the effects of hypnosis by monitoring brain activity in a group of healthy, young women while they took a 90-minute nap after listening to a hypnotic suggestion tape. The women capable of hypnosis spent 80 percent more time in slow-wave sleep (the deep, restorative phase of our shut-eye) after listening to the hypnosis tape than they did after listening to a neutrally spoken text. Image Courtesy: Getty


Eases Irritable Bowel Syndrome

According to APA reports, in a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions. Of those who reported improvements, 81 percent continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment had ended. Image Courtesy: Getty


Suppresses Hot Flashes

A 2013 study found that among postmenopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, five weekly hypnosis sessions cut hot flashes by 74 percent at least 12 weeks later. Image Courtesy: Getty


Calms Nerves

Because of its ability to harness the abilities of the mind, hypnosis is often done to relieve anxieties related to other medical procedures, like surgery, scans or even giving birth; these are called state anxiety. Image Courtesy: Getty


Induces Weight Loss

Hypnosis can help people change their eating behaviours and drop the pounds. According to a Vanderbilt University review of the scientific literature, hypnosis works best for weight-loss when combined with a behavioural weight -management plan. Image Courtesy: Getty


Aids Quitting Smoking

At the 2011 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Jose Maldonado, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, reported that the success rate of hypnosis for smoking cessation may be as high as 64 percent. Image Courtesy: Getty


Cures Depression

Cognitive hypnotherapy, which combines hypnosis with cognitive-behavioural therapy, helps the "stuck" thought patterns that go along with depression, anxiety, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders), and other mood disorders. Image Courtesy: Getty


Eases Pain

Hypnosis has been used to treat both chronic types of pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome) and pain resulting from serious injury. Image Courtesy: Getty


Manages Asthma

Studies have shown that hypnotism can greatly reduce the severity of asthma attacks, and in some cases, send the entire condition into a recessive state that never becomes active again. Image Courtesy: Getty


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