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Hypnotherapy is hypnosis used for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis is a state of mind in which someone has reduced awareness and is responsive to instructions.

It's not clear how hypnosis works. It's been linked to changes in the body, including changes in skin temperature and heart rate. Some of these changes might help the body to relax and reduce feelings of anxiety. Some people may respond better to hypnotherapy than others.

People use hypnotherapy for various types of pain, alcohol use disorder, anxiety, asthma, constipation, depression, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.

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  • Abdominal pain.  Hypnotherapy seems to be beneficial for reducing abdominal pain in children, although it is unclear if specific types of hypnotherapy are preferable.
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  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Hypnotherapy seems to be beneficial for reducing symptoms of IBS in some adults and children.
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  • Pain (acute).  Preliminary clinical research suggests that hypnotherapy may be beneficial for various types of acute pain in adults and children.
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  • Pain (chronic).  Preliminary clinical research suggests that hypnotherapy can improve chronic pain of various types in adults. The benefits of hypnotherapy for chronic pain in children are unclear.
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  • Postoperative pain.  Clinical research suggests that hypnotherapy may be beneficial for postoperative pain; however, most research is in patients undergoing breast surgery. Evidence in children with postoperative pain is limited.
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Hypnotherapy is possibly safe when used appropriately. There are no known serious side effects. But hypnotherapy shouldn't be used in place of treatment with more proven therapies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Hypnotherapy is possibly safe when used appropriately. Self-hypnosis has been used during childbirth without any known serious side effects. But hypnotherapy shouldn't be used in place of more proven therapies.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know how hypnotherapy might affect breast-feeding. But there's no reason to expect safety concerns when used correctly. Hypnotherapy shouldn't be used in place of more proven therapies.

Children: Hypnotherapy is possibly safe when used appropriately. But hypnotherapy shouldn't be used in place of more proven therapies.

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

Hypnotherapy can be conducted many different ways, including by a trained hypnotherapist, through audio recordings, individually or in a group, or through self-hypnosis. Sessions are usually 30-60 minutes long and may take place weekly or at other intervals for up to 15 weeks.

There is no standard licensing for hypnotherapists in the US, but certifications are granted by multiple organizations. Many different types of hypnotherapy are practiced, including mindful hypnotherapy, Erikson's hypnosis, cognitive hypnotherapy, and gut-directed hypnotherapy. Talk to your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment. Hypnotherapy shouldn't be used in place of more proven therapies.

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