Updated: Jan 5
Scientific Research and Government Recommendations
Hypnotherapy is well researched and can impact your mind in a powerful way. Scientists at Stanford University researched there is a greater connection between the brain and body during hypnosis. They scanned the brains of 57 people during guided hypnosis sessions; these were similar sessions to those used clinically to treat anxiety, pain or trauma. A distinct part of the brain the Cerebral Cortex showed altered activity and connectivity. The study’s senior author, David Spiegel, MD, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioural sciences, suggests the knowledge of the brain regions involved can alter someone's capacity to deal with pain, for example. With 95% of our behaviours and reactions sub-conscious, during hypnotherapy we tap into our higher thinking. As we are relaxed in trance our minds does not see any suggestions as a threat and is therefore more likely to take on board the positive language and come it with its own solutions to problems. This helps change behaviour, enhance mental & physical health, reduce bad habits and support goal achievement. Spiegel indicates, that the brain’s has ability to heal medical and psychiatric conditions as hypnosis is therefore serious science.
In December 2018, An All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare report recommended the public have access to complementary, traditional and natural therapies, both within and outside the NHS. Unfortunately, people aren’t given the full choice from our NHS. Counselling is useful for many but can talk about the past which can be painful with people not being relaxed, leading barriers in moving forward. CBT can be good, but like all therapies from the NHS they are time limited with often long waiting lists.
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