Increasingly recognised by medical regulatory bodies, hypnosis has more and more advocates, and it can be used to complement traditional treatments. Via a pleasant memory, or simple speech, it can help re-educate the unconscious. From treating addictions to improving a person’s sex life, medical hypnosis appears to have proven its worth for several pathologies.
Being used more and more by health professionals, hypnosis has become a veritable therapeutic tool, similar to medicinal plants and their essential oils.
1. Reduce pain
By concentrating on certain brain areas, hypnosis engages the imagination via mental exercises (for example, moving the pain towards another area). It has shown its worth for acute or chronic pain, particularly in the cases of childbirth or cancer. It also has good results in the treatment of migraines, back ache, neurological pain or rheumatism.
2. Give up smoking
Hypnosis appears particularly beneficial for treating behavioural problems, such as addictions to smoking, cannabis and alcohol, but also for addictions to fat, sugar, video games or computers.
This therapeutic method aims to reduce psychological dependence by inciting a feeling of disgust towards smoking. One single session can be enough.
Hypnosis is recommended for all smokers, regardless of their level of addiction or how long they have been smoking for. There is however one pre-requisite: the person has to commit to definitively stopping smoking.
3. Reduce stress
Medical hypnosis can be a big help in fighting stress, insomnia or associated migraines. A 15 minute session can help reduce stress hormones and adrenaline by half.
In fact, hypnosis helps restructure a person’s thinking and helps them better control negative emotions. It is recommended for OCD, phobias and even in cases of depression.
4. Improve your sex life
Sexual dysfunction is generally linked to psychological factors. Medical hypnosis helps to address and overcome them.
The patient is supported to use visualisation of penetration or of an erection, or alternatively the therapist uses indirect suggestion (metaphors). The goal of the exercise is to deactivate the brakes that have been put on arousal and pleasure, to defuse the obsession with failure, as well as rebuilding self-confidence and getting rid of negative thoughts.
It should be noted that hypnosis works as well for men as for women in the cases of low libido or impotence.