Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which you become
less aware of your surroundings. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat
physical or psychological conditions. It is thought that during a hypnotic
state, or trance, people are better able to accept suggestions that can help
change their behaviour.
Studies show that techniques such as relaxation, hypnosis, and guided
imagery can improve quality of life and also can ease the nausea and vomiting
caused by chemotherapy.
Many people prefer self-hypnosis, because they are alone throughout
the exercise and are in control of all suggestions made during the hypnotic
trance. A qualified therapist can teach you how to hypnotize yourself. Some
people are able to learn from books.
Self-hypnosis usually consists of writing a script to bring on a
hypnotic trance, including suggestions to help with specific problems. Usually
you record the script and then play the tape whenever you want to go into a
Self-hypnosis is considered safe, even when done by inexperienced
people. But it should not be done while you are driving a vehicle or in
any situation where you need to be alert or be able to respond quickly.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health