Summoning murmurs and a swinging pendulum in front of the other's eyes. This is the common perception of hypnosis. But what is it really and where does it find its use?

Hypnosis in therapy

Recovered as a reputable cure, hypnosis was first and foremost through the work of Milton Erickson in the 1970s. The American psychiatrist did not treat his patients according to standardized procedures, but placed the individual in the foreground. He used every method he believed to help the patient, including hypnosis. His books attracted interest in Europe, and medical professionals began to focus more on the method.

While hypnotism used to be considered dubious, its reputation continues to increase. An opinion of the Scientific Advisory Council on Psychotherapy of the Federal Government comes to the conclusion that hypnotherapy is recommended for certain diseases as a scientifically recognized method. These illnesses include addictions, psychosomatic complaints, anxiety and behavioral disorders. But not only in these diseases, the therapy is now used.

Hypnosis at the doctor and dentist

With clinical or dental hypnosis, as the trance introduced by the doctor or dentist, in many cases anesthesia can be reduced or even completely replaced.

For example, at the University Hospital in Liege, Belgium, the anesthesiologists hypnotize some of their patients before surgery rather than numbing them. While the surgeon tampers him with the scalpel, the patient lies completely immersed in a meadow - or wherever he feels at home. As support from the arsenal of conventional medicine in this case range alone painkillers.

Birth in a trance

Even in childbirth hypnosis is used. It helps women to relax, reduce anxiety and eliminate the pain. It has been known for a long time that physiological changes occur in the trance state: The muscles relax, heart rate and blood pressure drop, breathing becomes more regular and the stress hormone level goes down. All factors that have a positive effect on the birth process.

In the clinic, the pregnant women are prepared for birth under hypnosis in several sessions. In addition to pre-existing conditions, the midwives also ask where the trance journey should go, because after all, the "inner place of rest" is somewhere else.

Irritable bowl syndrome

A study from England showed that hypnosis can also relieve irritable bowel symptoms. The subjects learned under hypnosis how their gut works. After twelve sessions, at least 70 percent of them managed to control their bowels so that they no longer caused them any problems.

Important: If you want to be hypnotized, you should fall back on the medical professions of doctors, dentists, psychologists and psychotherapists. This is the group of people who, with appropriate training, can deal with it and is also committed by his professional ethos and by law, to work responsibly.

Addresses and information

If you want to know which psychotherapists, doctors or dentists work with hypnosis in your area, you will find lists on the websites of the following organizations. The pages also provide extensive information about hypnosis and its application.

  • German Society for Hypnosis
  • German Society of Dental Hypnosis
  • Milton Erickson Society

In addition, the Landesärzte- und Zahnärztekammern as well as the Psychotherapeutenkammern can provide information.

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