Hypnotherapy and Its Clinical Validity

Lot many things are said, spread and heard about hypnotism these days: Self appointed Therapists advertise in the Media that they provide hypnotherapy for weight loss and weight increase wherever, wherever needed; they give hypnotic-treatment to girls for building beautiful look; they offer hypnotherapy to female for their breast expansion; they help through hypnosis past life regression to know what the person was in the previous birth.

None of these are in the interests of hypnotherapy: Weight loss and weight increase depends upon food habits and course of physical exercises. Facial look depends upon the persons, but the worried folks can be helped through hypo-counseling. Breast expansion is not a concern of hypnotherapy,- let the worried lot look for beauty-parlors for the purpose. Past life regression is a superstitious bluff propagated by religious fanatics,- it is better to leave the persons who want to fathom past life to lie where they are.

In all the situations referred above, the general public have to be alert; to be alert not to fall prey to these advertisements: Else, time, energy, money and health will become the most dangerous causalities for the persons who fall prey to these advertisements.

Hypnotherapy is not a panacea for all diseases and ailments. Many mental aberrations connected with abnormal nervous activity caused by the influence of ‘abnormal’ situations which might form temporary nerve connections called conditioned reflexes in the cortex of the brain, can be set right through hypnotherapy. Such disorders are caused by the influence of environs: The environs can either be internal or external or both the internal and external. Internal environs involve the physic whereas the external environs represent all that is outside the body.

Bodily disorders like muscular disarray, indigestion, problems related to breathing and cardiac functions fall under internal environs. External environs in the present context include natural furies, family, friends, foes, community, society, social order, rules, regulations, public utterances, ideological percepts, beliefs, religion, religious dictates, dogmas and similar other elements and agents.

An appropriately trained hypnotist who employs hypnosis for treatment of mental aberrations of patients is called a Hypnotherapist. The hypnotherapist differs from other categories of therapists who focus on medicine and physiology for treatment of patients. Hypnotherapy is basically a method of analyzing the nervous Mal-functioning caused by various surrounding influences and restoring normalcy by and through appropriate suggestions while the patient is under passive hypnosis.

There is a growing interest in the application of hypnosis which has paved the way for a closer integration of hypnotherapy with various other cognitive and behavioral therapies and clinical Medicare systems.

Several studies have been conducted across the world to establish whether hypnotherapy is effective and whether hypnotherapy is a reliable stream of treatment for mental aberrations. The studies have proved that hypnotherapy is scientific and effective for restorative treatment of mental disorders.

In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) formed a committee of doctors to conduct an evaluation of the nature and effects of hypnotherapy. The Committee reported that they were satisfied themselves of the genuineness of the hypnotic state and the effectiveness of curative suggestions under hypnosis. They further said that as a therapeutic agent hypnotism is effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, alleviating many  psycho-somatic complaints and anxiety.

In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the British Medical Association commissioned a Subcommittee to further investigate hypnosis and to report the findings. The Subcommittee after consultation with experts in the field and after extensive studies spread over a period of two years published their final report upholding the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. The subcommittee also said that in addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the field of surgical and dental operations and for relieving pain in childbirth without affecting the normal course of labor.

In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) commissioned a similar study which endorsed the 1955 report of the British Medical Association on the subject.

In 1995, the US National Institute for Health (NIH), established a Technology Assessment Conference that strongly supported the use of hypnosis for therapy. It concluded that hypnotherapy is effective for chronic pain conditions, which include irritable bowel syndrome, oral mucositis [pain and swelling of the mucus membrane], temporomandibular disorders [jaw pain], and tension headaches.

In 2001, the Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioned another working group of expert psychologists. The Commission in its report confirmed: “Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.”

Gone are the days when Sigmund Freud and the ilk who practiced therapy for the ‘mentally retarded’ people using imaginary techniques to clean subconscious mind. Modern science has thrown away the absurd imaginary stuff called id, ego, conscious, subconscious concepts of mind and its diggings and cleanings.

Claims of Hypnotists to treat all mental diseases through hypnosis, however, are also farce. Mental diseases like schizophrenia, epilepsy, and delirium tremens are far away from the reach of hypnotherapy. Generally speaking, the following mental disorders can be set right through hypnotherapy:

Managing pain

Removing fears and phobias

Eliminating Worries and stresses

Building self-confidence

Removing inferiority complexes

Removing exam fears

Curing sleep disorders and nightmares

Removing addictions

Eliminating panic attacks

Treating hysteria

Restoring physical wellness after medical treatment of patients:

Be sure, a well trained and experienced hypnotherapist can cure these aberrations in one or two sittings.

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