Hypnosis dates back to the 18th century, where it was initially used for medical purposes as revealed by Franz Mesmer. A few pointed-out uses of hypnosis back then were as a replacement for anesthesia (as what James Esdaile did) and as a treatment for hysterics (as Jean-Martin Charcot believed) among others. But for modern day medicine, does hypnosis really work?
Hypnosis Work aims to alter the ideas, feelings and emotions already embedded in our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is responsible for what we automatically do (such as breathing) or things that are already innate in our system once we get a hold or get used to it (such as driving a motorcycle or a car). It is in the subconscious mind where a lot of thinking and absorbing of new information or ideas takes place, which enable our conscious mind to decide what we will do and put these decisions or ideas into action. It is only in sleep where our subconscious mind becomes more active than our conscious mind, thus an opportunity for new ideas, feelings, or information to be introduced into it.
Commonly, people simply think that those who undergo hypnosis are being placed in a very deep sleep where they are only being asked questions as to which they can only respond with a “yes” or “no.” In reality, a person being hypnotized is placed under a trance-like condition where the person will feel relaxed, uninhibited and will experience heightened imagination. This explains the sensation of being in a “very deep sleep” as commonly visualized and described in movies or n television. It is in this state that a person’s subconscious mind is awakened becomes more active. Once our subconscious mind had been awakened, it can now be fed with new ideas, feelings or suggestions that are needed to bring about change. Psychiatrists also see this opportunity to dig deeper into a patient’s past which can be a solution to personal problems his patient has, which is one of the best use of hypnotism in the medical profession.
The effectiveness and use of hypnotism is numerous. Other clinical uses of hypnotism include treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction and phobias. There are also some who use hypnotism in facilitating speedy recovery after surgery. Hypnotism may also be used in conjunction to child birth conditioning techniques such as La Maze. Modern day hypnotism is now also being used in aesthetics – increase in breast size (thru visualization and suggestion) and weight loss (thru suggestion).