Recent revolutionary research on the use of hypnotherapy for a range of treatments and conditions continues to guide researchers to study further
Some recent findings from a revolutionary research investigation returned some valuable insights encouraging further studies after positive results were found across many areas.
Multiple studies using resting state electroencephalography (EEG) have shown that after a hypnotic induction, demonstrated differences in the brain networks can be measured. There is also preliminary research indicating that hypnotic responding might be enhanced by procedures which selectively reduce activity in the prefrontal cortex, suggesting this region may enhance response to suggestion.
Neuroimaging research has consistently demonstrated that subjective changes in response to suggestion are associated with corresponding changes in brain regions related to the specific psychological function. Cumulatively, the body of research discussed so far indicates positive effects of hypnosis.
Research indicates hypnotic suggestion has clear impacts on brain activity.
This research has also begun to help us understand the brain areas and activity patterns which underlie hypnotic responding in general and response to specific hypnotic suggestions.
In addition to advances in basic research in the neuroscience of hypnosis, there was a consensus agreement by the symposium participants that there have been important developments in our understanding of the efficacy of hypnosis for treating a variety of clinical conditions. This research has been summarized in a number of influential systematic reviews and meta-analyses, which show the strongest empirical support for the use of hypnosis treatments for pain, irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Evidence also suggests that hypnotic treatments may also be effective for a wide variety of other problems and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and problem smoking. It is anticipated that future research will aim to integrate clinical and basic science results to further strengthen the application of hypnosis in clinical contexts.
Hypnosis research continues to be seen as unscientific within some elements of the broader scientific community. Such perceptions are unfounded and driven by the inaccurate (and often outlandish) portrayal of hypnosis in the media and popular culture rather than a sober consideration of clinical and experimental data.
Hypnotic inductions result in a measurable increase in response to the suggestions that follow the induction. As more is learned about the clinical applications of hypnosis treatments, individuals suffering from conditions can be helped.
Hypnosis is a method of sustained, focused concentration. Hypnosis allows the subject to process information in a manner different from the way it is processed in the regular alert state. A hypnotized person enters a highly alert state in which the person’s focus or concentration is heightened.
Hypnosis can help patients working on issues such as smoking cessation, weight control, nail-biting, removing a phobia, insomnia, anxiety, including PTSD, and chronic pain problems. Hypnosis can be an effective aid in treating these problems. Not enough psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists use hypnosis or understand how beneficial it can be.
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