What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic application of hypnosis. It is a powerful form of communication that uses psychological procedures to generate healing and change. The medical use of hypnosis began thousands of years ago, and the hypnotic trance has been used ever since in many different forms. We all experience trance every day in various forms. If you have ever driven home and not remembered how you got there, or if you have been so absorbed in a book, movie or computer game that you lost track of time, you were in trance. Trance is natural and normal and everyone can …

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Hypnosis Relieves Severe Dental Phobia

Hypnosis Relieves Severe Dental Phobia Julia was a 19-year-old college freshman with a mouth full of teeth desperately in need of dental work. The problem was, she was absolutely terrified of the dentist’s drill. I received an email from her mother, Anita, who was at her wit’s end with her daughter’s dental phobia, but didn’t know how to help her. She had taken her to a pediatric dentist with hopes that his gentle touch would put Julia at ease. When this didn’t work, she had made an appointment for Julia with a dentist specializing in sedation dentistry, but even under …

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Hypnosis for dental anxiety.

Dent Update. 2014 Jan-Feb;41(1):78-80, 83. Hypnosis for dental anxiety. Griffiths M. Abstract Dental anxiety can be a hindrance to treatment. It is prevalent, so helping patients to overcome it should not be regarded as the province of a specialist. Hypnosis can be effective but is underused. A comparison of the conscious, alert state and hypnosis/nitrous oxide sedation is shown by electroencephalogram examples. The benefits and drawbacks of the use of hypnosis are discussed and suggestions of ways of learning and using hypnosis outlined. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: This paper is an overview of the common problem of dental anxiety and a pragmatic …

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Hypnosis: adjunct therapy for cancer pain management.

J Adv Pract Oncol. 2013 Mar;4(2):83-8. Hypnosis: adjunct therapy for cancer pain management. Kravits K1. Author information Abstract Pain is a symptom associated with prolonged recovery from illness and procedures, decreased quality of life, and increased health-care costs. While there have been advances in the management of cancer pain, there is a need for therapeutic strategies that complement pharmaceutical management without significantly contributing to the side-effect profile of these agents. Hypnosis provides a safe and efficacious supplement to pharmaceutical management of cancer pain. One barrier to the regular use of hypnosis is health-care providers’ lack of current knowledge of the …

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Hypnosis as sole anaesthesia for skin tumour removal in a patient with multiple chemical sensitivity.

Anaesthesia. 2013 Sep;68(9):961-5. doi: 10.1111/anae.12251. Epub 2013 Jul 12. Hypnosis as sole anaesthesia for skin tumour removal in a patient with multiple chemical sensitivity. Facco E1, Pasquali S, Zanette G, Casiglia E. Author information Abstract A female patient with multiple chemical sensitivity and previous anaphylactoid reactions to local anaesthetics was admitted for removal of a thigh skin tumour under hypnosis as sole anaesthesia. The hypnotic protocol included hypnotic focused analgesia and a pre-operative pain threshold test. After inducing hypnosis, a wide excision was performed, preserving the deep fascia, and the tumour was removed; the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure …

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Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings.

Am Psychol. 2014 Feb-Mar;69(2):167-77. doi: 10.1037/a0035644. Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings. Jensen MP1, Patterson DR1. Author information Abstract The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes vary between individuals. The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has clear effects on brain and spinal-cord functioning that differ as a function of the specific hypnotic …

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Hypnotic relaxation therapy for treatment of hot flashes following prostate cancer surgery: a case study.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2014;62(3):251-9. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2014.901051. Hypnotic relaxation therapy for treatment of hot flashes following prostate cancer surgery: a case study. Elkins GR1, Kendrick C, Koep L. Author information Abstract This case study reports on a 69-year-old African American male who presented with hot flashes following a diagnosis of prostate cancer and subsequent prostatectomy. Measures include both self-reported and physiologically measured hot flash frequency and sleep quality. The intervention involved 7 weekly sessions of hypnotic relaxation therapy directed toward alleviation of hot flashes. Posttreatment self-reported hot flashes decreased 94%; physiologically measured hot flashes decreased 100%; and sleep quality …

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Hypnosis in breast cancer care: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

Integr Cancer Ther. 2015 Jan;14(1):5-15. doi: 10.1177/1534735414550035. Epub 2014 Sep 18. Hypnosis in breast cancer care: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Cramer H1, Lauche R2, Paul A2, Langhorst J2, Kümmel S3, Dobos GJ2. Author information Abstract INTRODUCTION: Many breast cancer patients and survivors experience pain and emotional stress related to their disease, its diagnostic procedures, or treatment. Hypnosis has long been used for the treatment of such symptoms. The aim of this review was to systematically assess the effectiveness of hypnosis in women with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and in women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsy. METHODS: PubMed, …

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Placement of a portacath under hypnosis.

Rev Infirm. 2015 Apr;210:27. doi: 10.1016/j.revinf.2015.01.010. [Placement of a portacath under hypnosis]. [Article in French] Barbier É1. Author information Abstract The portacath reflects the cancer and its future treatments. Its insertion causes high levels of anxiety for patient. Thanks to medical hypnosis, he can use its internal resources to help them manage the situation and the symptoms he feels. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved. KEYWORDS: anxiety; anxiété; chambre implantable; collaboration; comfort; confort; hypnose; hypnosis; portacath PMID: 26145422 [PubMed – in process]

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Hypnosis for reduction of vomiting associated with chemotherapy and disease in adolescents with cancer.

J Adolesc Health Care. 1983 Jun;4(2):77-84. Hypnosis for reduction of vomiting associated with chemotherapy and disease in adolescents with cancer. Zeltzer L, Kellerman J, Ellenberg L, Dash J. Abstract Vomiting is often a major source of distress for adolescent oncology patients. This study evaluates the effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing the vomiting associated with chemotherapy and disease in 12 adolescents with cancer. Eight patients receiving chemotherapy demonstrated significant reductions in the frequency (p less than 0.01) and intensity (p less than 0.05) of emesis. Six of the eight patients also demonstrated a shortened duration of emesis. The ninth patient, whose …

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