Hypnosis: Focusing Subconscious on Change
Learn how hypnosis can help you cut back on medications, quit bad habits, and ease stress.
Lose Weight, Quit Smoking via Hypnosis? continued...
patient might be asked to visualize himself or herself exercising and
feeling good about it. An anti-doughnut suggestion -- visualizing the harm that
doughnuts do to the body -- can make them seem unappetizing.
Smoking Cessation: The American Cancer Society advocates
hypnosis as one of many stop-smoking techniques -- helping some smokers stay
off tobacco for six months or longer. They suggest it might be helpful for some
For many people, hypnosis is a way to change beliefs and attitudes that
stand in the way of quitting. Hypnosis might enhance confidence, promote a
general sense of well-being, decrease withdrawal urges, and help people focus
on the importance of quitting. Best results come when hypnosis is simply used
as an aid -- combined with other stop-smoking methods, such as the nicotine
patch, researchers say.
Bottom Line: Finding a Hypnosis Expert
Many psychologists and other mental health experts have training in
hypnotherapy. To locate an expert certified in hypnosis, check the web sites
for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Society of
Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis. The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
provides certification after extensive training.