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Hypnotherapy: An Overview 


hypnotherapyThere are very few therapies which are more severely misunderstood and misrepresented than hypnotherapy.  It has been used in the United States, Britain and throughout various other countries in the world for many years to improve both patient’s physical and mental health . Hypnotherapy has been used to help individuals with terminal illness to find relief from pain and anxiety as well as cancer patients to alleviate the nausea caused by chemotherapy.  Dentists also have found hypnotherapy to reduce patient’s pain response during treatment.  Hypnotherapists are now beginning to help people find relief from the discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome and the pain of migraines.  On an everyday level, many people also use self-hypnosis techniques for pain relief and stress management. 


Hypnotherapy: A long history 

Hypnotherapy techniques date back to primitive times when healers used various trances to plant suggestions that could stimulate self-care and assist with individuals’ various illnesses.  However, there are many misconceptions of hypnotism and hypnotherapy.  Most people’s overall impression of hypnotism is of the stage variety which is basically show business and is used more to amuse and baffle audiences.  Anton Messmer was a famous hypnotist who introduced hypnosis for various uses to the general public.  Despite his flamboyant and controversial techniques, he successfully treated many people with his form of “messmerism”.  He was later discredited by the French government who believed his cures were strictly the result of his patient’s and imaginations.  His reputation and hypnosis in general had a really difficult time recovering in terms of credibility after Messmer, despite the fact that his therapy has been used successfully for generations and is now one of the most scientifically validated of all alternative therapies 

This is the first installment in a weekly updated series on hypnotherapy, with later web pages exploring “What it is” as well as “”How hypnotherapy works”. 

Some information from Alternative Therapies 

Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D Candidate 

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