I was searching the the archives of over 1100 blog posts here at Hypnosis Health Info and I stumbled upon The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis from a November 12, 2007 blog post. The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis was a feature article of Scientific American from July 2001. While the article is over 9 years old, it contains pertinent and valuable information about hypnotherapy. Today, medical clinics, hospitals and other health care professionals are using self-hypnosis as a course of treatment.

The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis

Michael R. Nash’s writes that a 1996 National Institutes of Health technology assessment panel judged hypnosis to be an effective intervention for alleviating pain from cancer and other chronic conditions. Voluminous clinical studies also indicate that hypnosis can reduce the acute pain experienced by patients undergoing burn-wound debridement, children enduring bone marrow aspirations and women in labor. In some cases, the degree of relief from pain with hypnosis matches or exceeds that provided by morphine.

There is strong evidence that hypnotherapy can be an effective component in treating asthma, dermatological disorders including warts, irritable bowel syndrome, hemophilia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy.

While hypnosis should not stand alone as a sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder, in some cases, hypnosis can boost the effectiveness of psychotherapy and hypnosis is effective in treating obesity, stopping smoking, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension.

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From my perspective, self-hypnosis should be taught to preschoolers and should be a part of every child’s education. Hypnosis is the ultimate display of control. For additional information about hypnotherapy, read Moore On Hypnosis.

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