Hypnosis - healing method or just placebo effects?

Hypnosis means to kidnap a person into “another world” so that he can solve problems with his imagination and cure illnesses. The more intensely a person delves into his life questions in this imaginary world, the more he will implement the alternative experiences in the real world.


Shamanism and midwives
Traditional shamans, midwives, doctors, and psychotherapists use various techniques to hypnotize patients. However, this does not always work: 10% of all people are not considered hypnotizable.

Hypnosis is not magic, but brain work. (agawa288 / fotolia.com)

Who offers hypnosis?
Dentists, surgeons and emergency doctors, speech therapists and alternative practitioners organize themselves in hypnosis associations. To do this, you will complete several months of training. However, hypnosis is not a protected term.

Not everyday reality
Hypnosis changes consciousness. People dive into their unconscious and split off feelings of pain and fear by concentrating on a Caribbean beach, for example. Those affected hide negative stimuli. High sensitivity helps to get into this state quickly.

Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis sometimes has side effects. Bad dreams, headaches or even confusion can result. Even psychoses or manic states are possible, as well as a recurrence of traumatic experiences.

This is precisely because hypnosis works. Anyone who deals with his or her unconscious encounters unresolved conflicts and fears. The goal of hypnosis is to solve this, but that doesn't work at the push of a button. That is why a professional therapist who can handle these blatant impressions is essential.

Hypnosis in Medicine
Hypnosis means letting suggestions work. Suggestions cannot be separated from the physical sensation and influence the physical functions. When we're scared, we sweat, we freeze, our muscles tense, and our neurotransmitters run at full speed. Suggestions influence the circulation, digestion, skin changes, lung functions, the immune system and wound healing. With chronic illnesses, hypnosis helps to endure the condition.

Hypnosis as anesthesia
70% of all adults have fears at the dentist. Most dentists use hypnosis, usually without the patient knowing. Talking to those affected about their last vacation or how beautiful the flowers are in the garden leads to the “other reality”.

Serious therapies
Since hypnosis is not a protected term, “hypnotherapy” can also be found as magical thinking on the esoteric market. Anyone who wants to do hypnosis therapy should pay attention to the following: Does the therapist have relevant training as a specialist, psychologist, licensed psychological psychotherapist or licensed child and adolescent therapist?

Dr. Stefan Juncker writes on hypnose.de: “Exactly how you as a bank employee cannot simply decide to be trained in a special technique of oral surgery, you shouldn't practice a psychologically effective method such as hypnosis if you don't have the appropriate professional skills Base. "

The website http://www.hypnose.de/ offers serious information. In Germany the contact points are the Milton-Erickson-Gesellschaft (MEG), the German Society for Hypnosis (DGH), the German Society for Dental Hypnosis (DGZH) and the German Society for Medical Hypnosis and Autogenic Training (DGÄHAT).

brain research
Brain research found that our brain is changeable. If you use your brain differently under hypnosis, if you think differently and steer your emotions differently, your brain changes the structure of this thinking and feeling.

Self hypnosis
Conspiracy theory believes in dark forces that hypnotize us. But no one can be forced to do so. Rather, hypnosis activates us to concentrate on our inner images. It is therefore a question of self-suggestion in which the therapist merely provides the framework and leads the person concerned on the path.

That is why you can use hypnosis yourself, ideally if a therapist has already accompanied us. Serious hypnotists therefore also empower those affected to heal themselves and do not pretend to be “magicians” who work mysterious spells.

Hypnosis is not a mystery, but we all practice it daily in doses: When we're sitting in a boring seminar and dreaming of a great party, when the garbage is piling up in the doorway and we remember the scent of flowers, or when we have toothache and immerse ourselves in a novel.

Does the cash register pay?
Statutory health insurances only pay hypnotherapy in exceptional cases and upon request. Private health insurers regulate payment differently (Dr Utz Anhalt)

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