Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness.
Hypnotherapy and health issues is widely promoted by many Doctors as a treatment for various long-term conditions and for breaking certain habits.
Hypnosis does have an effect, though scientists disagree about how it works. Some experts see it as a relaxation technique that uses the power of suggestion.
Hypnotherapy and health issues have long been talked about and studied by Health care professionals. Most research has shown that hypnosis does have a useful place in modern day healthcare.
When might Hypnotherapy and Health Issues be considered helpful?
Irritable bowel syndrome
Some research studies have suggested that hypnotherapy may help with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as abdominal pain.
These studies strong evidence for its effectiveness, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recognised hypnotherapy as a possible treatment for IBS in those who haven’t responded to other treatments.
Losing weight and quitting smoking
There’s research evidence that hypnotherapy can help people to lose weight and to quit smoking, so we can be certain of its benefit.
Studies show that hypnotherapy can be beneficial for childhood eczema. It can also be useful for treating other minor skin conditions, especially those made worse by stress, if used alongside medicine.
Anxiety, pregnancy and childbirth
Hypnotherapy is widely promoted as a treatment for anxiety, a systematic review of the effectiveness of hypnosis for the treatment of anxiety found there was good evidence to support this.
It has shown some promise in preventing anxiety in pregnancy and relieving pain in labour and childbirth.