DrHypnosis allows you to connect directly with the subconscious mind, the part of you which originates and controls involuntary responses, emotional reactions, compulsions and cravings.

Hypnotherapy is a process to safely transform disruptive emotional patterns (e.g. anxiety, stress, anger, panic, depression), release past traumas or phobias (such as fear of heights, performance anxiety, needles, spiders, driving) or to discard addictions that hold you back or drag you down (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcohol, gambling).

Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention - with the help of a trained therapist - on specific thoughts or tasks.

What is hypnotherapy?
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image. But this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy:
In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.

Other conditions for which hypnotherapy is frequently used include anxiety and addiction.

During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity.

Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.

Other problems or conditions that may respond to hypnotherapy include:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Tension headaches
• Alopecia areata
• Asthma
• Phobias
• Insomnia
• Addictions
• Bedwetting
• Fibromyalgia
• Phobias
• Labour and delivery
• Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
• Stress
• Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• Cancer-related pain
• Weight loss
• Eating disorders
• Warts
• Indigestion (dyspepsia)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Smoking cessation
(Source: UMMC, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide)

Before considering hypnotherapy, you need a diagnosis from your doctor to know what needs to be treated. This is especially true if your condition is psychological (for example, a phobia or anxiety), and you should be evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Dr. Amaresh Kumar is a Family Physician and Clinical Hypnotherapist practising at Imago- Centre for Self, Delhi .

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