It has been established that despite being seen by many as an unproven practice, hypnotherapy is in fact a well-established complementary therapy that has led to observable results. The practise is offered to and taught by medical practitioners across the world – its ability to cause the brain to enter a more suggestible state of consciousness has been proven over the course of multiple sessions, to benefit some people looking to treat their psychological problems or disorders.
The range of benefits that hypnotherapy has brought to millions of patients worldwide is well-documented. This isn’t to say that the use of hypnotherapy isn’t without its controversies and clinical doubters. However, let’s look at some of the primary uses of hypnotherapy as a clinical practise and how the treatment can help change your life.
This is one of the most widely-known uses of hypnotherapy. During sessions intended for smoking cessation, the patient is often encouraged into a more suggestible state by the procedure. When in this state, the patient is commonly led to think about unpleasant and even repulsive thoughts or sensations that can be linked to the act of smoking such as extreme thirst, unpleasant breath, and exhaust fumes.
For example, there is a famous method known as the “Spiegel Method”, which utilises the repetition of three principles when the patient is in a hypnotic state (the harm of smoking to the body, the necessity of the body in continued living, and the respect/protection of your body). Hypnotherapy has been found in some trials to have a higher long-term success rate than nicotine replacement therapy alone.
Hypnotherapy has been used as a complimentary therapy intended to work alongside diet and exercise. The studies on the practice and weight loss are not conclusive enough to draw a definitive link between the two, however many patients have had positive outcomes and feel that the suggestions made under hypnosis helped them to change their dietary and exercise choices sufficiently enough to lose weight.
Panic Disorders, Stress, Insomnia, and Anxiety
There appears to be more of a significant and causal link between hypnotherapy and the treatment of psychological disorders such as panic disorders, stress, insomnia, and general anxiety. Research has shown that hypnotherapy has been successful in some cases for the treatment of anxiety and the reduction in instances of panic disorder symptoms.
There are also more detailed resources on the use of hypnotherapy for sleep disorders, which highlight hypnotherapy’s ability to provide measurable reductions in levels of stress and anxiety in patients. It is this reduction in these negative thought processes that is thought to lead to hypnotherapy being notably effective at treating sleep disorders such as insomnia.
The treatment has also been utilised for preventing sleepwalking, with sessions providing the ideal setting to reiterate and suggest cues for the patient to prevent them sleepwalking. Furthermore, it has even been shown to increase the time that patients spend in deep sleep.