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About Hypnosis    

The following text is an Excerpt from

"Understanding Hypnosis,
What It Is and How It Works"

Printed with permission:
© 1999 National Guild of Hypnotists,
Merrimack, NH 030504

Hypnotherapy is rapidly emerging as a highly effective science in solving the problems of people. It can be very beneficial in many cases and is also a valuable adjunct to psychotherapy and psychiatry. And yet, it is probably the lowest risk procedure available from the standpoint of contra indications. 

In essence, hypnosis is a means of communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Many human problems, habits, stresses, anxieties, attitudes or apparent deficiencies can be traced to interpretations by the subconscious mind which, when understood, the conscious mind can reduce or resolve specific problems.

The subsconscious is also the seat of memory. Traumatic events can be buried or suppressed in the subconscious.  A major benefit of hypnosis is its ability to uncover and bring into the light of understanding the buried information or experience which may be the cause of a troublesome problem.

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What Hypnosis Does to the Brain - Hypnosis May Lower Activity in Certain Brain Areas, Say Researchers - By Miranda Hitti  WebMD Health News  June 27, 2005

There's Entrancing News About Hypnosis  Business Week, February 2, 2004. It's gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder

Science Finally Tackles Hypnosis,
Oct 20, 2006 Seed Magazine ... Neuroimaging studies may domesticate the long-controversial practice.  

Hypnosis: Focusing Subconscious on Change. Learn how hypnosis can help you cut back on medications, quite bad habits, and ease stress.  WebMD Feature by Jeanie Lerche Davis

HEALTH: Hypnosis gaining respectability among doctors, patients, by Michael Waldholz, Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2003

THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND DOES NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REAL AND AN IMAGINED EVENT. Hypnosis creates a new belief in yoiur subconscious that something is possible, and then the subconscious acts on it as if it is real creating a new outcome.

             How Well Does Hypnosis Work  

A Comparison Study by Dr. Alfred Barrios, Published by American Health Magazine reveals the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy:    

  • Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
  • Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
  • Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions 


4-Part Hypnotherapy articles by the San Francisco Examiner:  

Hypnotherapy: what is it and how can it help you? (part 1 of 4) 

Hypnotherapy: what can you expect in a typical session?   (part 2 of 4)  

Hypnotherapy: can it be useful in the workplace? (part 3 of 4)  

Hypnotherapy: what are the fees and licensing requirements? (part 4 of 4) 

 What Is Hypnosis? is an article by Dr. Gérard Sunnen--one of several by a number of authors included in a compilation entitled "Medical Hypnosis: An Introduction and Clinical Guide," published in the Medical Guides to Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Marc S. Micozzi, series editor

Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works, and what it does in the brain. Altered States - by David Noonan, Newsweek Magazine, September 2005

Hypnotherapy, University of Maryland Medical Center

The Truth About Hypnosis by Debi Livinston, CI, CHT 

Hypnosis Definition, by Mayo Clinic staff

Hypnosis: What You Can Expect, by Mayo Clinic staff

HowStuffWorks "How Hypnosis Works (Sep 26, 2008)  

This is Your Brain Under Hypnosis, by Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times (November 22, 2005)

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