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How does hypnotherapy work?

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Hypnotherapy is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling), rather than a treatment in itself. It helps with psychotherapy because the hypnotic state lets people enter a deep state of relaxation that can better allow them to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. Hypnosis also enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

From: Mental Health and Hypnotherapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medicinenet: "Hypnosis in Medicine."

Mayo Clinic: "Hypnosis."

Ntional Institutes of Health: "NIH Fact Sheet: Mind-Body Medicine Practices in Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Medicinenet: "Hypnosis in Medicine."

Mayo Clinic: "Hypnosis."

Ntional Institutes of Health: "NIH Fact Sheet: Mind-Body Medicine Practices in Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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