Hypnosis, also called hypnotherapy, is a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. It’s a type of mind-body medicine.
A trained and certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist guides you into this deep state of focus and relaxation with verbal cues, repetition and imagery.
When you’re under hypnosis, this intense level of concentration and focus allows you to ignore ordinary distractions and be more open to guided suggestions to make changes to improve your health.
How hypnosis works isn’t completely understood. However, it’s commonly believed that in the deep state of focus and relaxation that’s achieved with hypnosis:
Myth: You lose consciousness or have amnesia when you’re hypnotised.
Myth: You’re under the control of your hypnotherapist when you’re hypnotised.
Myth: Hypnosis is nothing more than deep sleep.
Hypnotherapy may help treat any number of medical conditions in which psychological factors influence physical symptoms.
Common mental health uses include:
Common medical uses include:
Hypnosis continues to be explored for use in these and many other medical conditions.