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Since hypnosis first emerged, it's been surrounded by misconceptions. However, over the past few years a wave of new studies have confirmed that it's a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment and improvement of anxiety, sleep, IBS, pain, depression, procrastination and more.
The oldest form of psychotherapy
“Hypnosis is the oldest form of psychotherapy … it is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control our perception and our bodies” – Dr David Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.
Stanford researchers recently used modern brain imaging to show that while under hypnosis, three distinct areas of the brain were altered and activated. These parts of the brain are associated with absorption away from outside stimuli, controlling body functions, and decreased awareness of one’s actions and behavior.
Multiple well-controlled studies have shown that gut-directed hypnotherapy improves gastrointestinal symptoms in people with IBS by 70-80% and these improvements are maintained in the long-term. Has been shown to be as effective as a low FODMAP diet.
A recent study demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions to specifically increase the amount and duration of slow wave sleep. They found that hypnotic audio recordings were able to significantly deepen sleep through post-hypnotic suggestions.
A literature review found that there was significant evidence supporting hypnosis as a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.
A study conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota found that human behavior is strongly impacted by subconscious attitudes. You may lack awareness of these attitudes but they can powerfully influence your behavior, making you do things without knowing why.