Hypnosis is not a cure-all for physical, emotional, or addictive disorders. It cannot reprogram the body and mind to stop smoking or drinking, for example. It cannot cure serious disease and should never be used as an alternative to conventional, mainstream medicine. It is not recommended for the treatment of psychosis, organic psychiatric conditions, or antisocial behavior.
Hypnosis has significant and meaningful documented benefits. It usually produces a state of profound relaxation. It can refocus attention away from adverse stimuli, including pain, and increase the unconscious mind's receptivity to suggestion. In turn, this can bring about physiologic changes such as decreased pulse rate, temperature reduction or increase, and reduced blood flow to specified areas of the body. Hypnosis also is useful against addiction, anxiety, depression, pain and phobias.
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.