Does hypnosis really work?

Hypnosis is real, it really works, and it can help people to overcome pain and many problems such as addiction, anxiety, and other emotional conditions.

Exactly how hypnosis works is still being investigated. It has been in use for over 5,000 years, beginning as “Temple Sleep”, a form of hypnosis used by the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Greeks. These “temple sleeps” were indeed hypnotic states, induced by priests, which helped individuals, more often than not people of high position, to deal with stress and to clear their minds.

Franz Mesmer, a doctor who lived in 1770s Austria, began the practice of “Mesmerism” which he referred to as “animal magnetism”, a theory debunked by scientific research later in the 1700s. Mesmerism itself, however, continued to be researched and utilized by doctors who observed its power in helping people to deal with pain.

Mesmerism slowly evolved into hypnosis, which began to gain credibility in the mid-1800s when a Scottish medical doctor, James Baird, watched a performance by a Swiss “mesmerist”. Subsequently, Baird studied the mesmerist’s subjects, found great validity in what was happening, and learned the techniques. He just didn’t like the term “mesmerism”, and he re-named the practice as “hypnotism” to move it completely away from Mesmer’s “animal magnetism” theory.

In the early 1900s, hypnotism was used in vaudeville acts and stage shows, while at the same time being studied by scientists, primarily at the University of Wisconsin under Clark Hull. Hull confirmed that hypnosis is a different state than normal sleep and that it has the ability to reduce the perception of pain.

Hypnotherapy was used on a large scale for the first time during World War II to help with “shell shock” and “battle fatigue”, now commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder. Since that time, hypnosis has moved away from sideshow performances to widespread use in dealing with quitting smoking, losing weight, managing pain and even as an alternative to traditional anesthesia for surgery. It can also be a powerful tool in helping people to deal with anxiety and to achieve personal goals.

A qualified hypnotherapist can guide you in determining whether hypnosis can help you with medical procedures, addictions, weight loss, anxiety, focus, goal achievement, or any other issue that you may have.

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