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Hypnosis in Science

Current Research and Findings

About the Effectiveness of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

In science, there is ample evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis. By 2001, evidence of the effectiveness of hypnotherapy was already available for several areas: Phobias, stress disorders, obesity, sleep disorders, psychosomatic issues, acute and chronic pain, tobacco abuse, enuresis. And for others, good hypnosis treatment concepts are available, including depression, panic, compulsion, tinnitus and other subject areas. To be read at German society for hypnosis and hypnotherapy registered association. (Scientific recognition of hypnotherapy).

The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind

Hypnosis Berlin works. Frees and makes life easier.
But why is that so?

Figuratively speaking, the consciousness with which we think, concentrate and analyze every day is 7 mm long - compared to our 11 km long subconscious.
Or to put it another way - consciousness is what we see above the surface of the water, the tip of the iceberg. That which is below the surface of the water and remains hidden to us, is the subconscious.

In this way, you can harness the hidden resources within the subconscious mind for yourself.

Hypnosis increases the responsiveness of the subconscious mind. During hypnosis, people usually have their eyes closed and are in a relaxed, focused state reminiscent of daydreaming or the time just after waking up or just before falling asleep. In this state, people are more open to positive change processes.
During hypnosis, people are not asleep, nor are you will-less or unconscious. People are in trance at any time able to decide for yourself what you say and how deep you go in trance - this is one of the biggest differences from show hypnosis. But what does science say about it and what exactly is hypnosis?
The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind
Trust your unconscious. It knows more than you.
For thousands of years healers, therapists and doctors have been using hypnosis to heal people and relieve pain. Hypnosis is a holistic healing method that connects body and mind and removes the separation between them. This has a particularly positive effect on those ailments that modern conventional medicine still cannot properly grasp and which are called psychosomatic. But also in the field of psychology and pain treatment hypnosis has proven itself for thousands of years.
The American psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson had a decisive influence on modern hypnotherapy and hypnosis and various streams of psychology and psychotherapy in the 20th century, thus ensuring their worldwide dissemination.
Today, we know of a variety of hypnosis treatment fields, in the psychotherapeutic, medical, and clinical fields, where hypnosis has long been recognized as an effective method of healing and relief.
Hypnosis in Medicine and Healing

Hypnosis has been part of medicinal healing arts for over 4000 years

For over 4000 years, hypnosis has been a natural part of the art of medicine and healing. We know that it helps against pain, heals fears and cures many other ailments. For several decades now, science has also been concerned with hypnosis. In the process, many physicians of earlier years initially set out to disprove its effectiveness. In fact, however, a number of recognized studies and test methods have now confirmed the positive effects of hypnosis.
Positive Effects of Hypnosis

Positive Effects of Hypnosis Measured in Psychology and Medicine

Although in many cases it is still not possible to understand exactly how hypnosis works, comparative studies provide clear figures that hypnosis achieves positive effects in different areas of medicine and psychology. The most important studies in this regard are the Stanford Study on the Effect of Hypnosis on the Brain and the Meta-Analysis on the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy by the University of Tübingen.
Learn more about how hypnosis works.
Hypnosis is a Accepted Method in Medical Application

Hypnosis is a scientifically approved treatment method for medical issues

In 2003, a working group from the University of Tübingen, commissioned by the MEG (Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis) and the German Hypnosis Society (DGH), compiled in an expert report 45 proofs of efficacy of hypnosis therapies, previously selected according to scientific criteria, and presented the neurobiological basis of hypnosis.
This expertise was intensively reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board Psychotherapy and finally led to the recognition of hypnotherapy in 2006 according to § 11 PsychThG as a scientific treatment method in many areas of application.
Among the best researched and positively considered areas include in particular somatic disorders with psychological involvement. These include: In recent years, the effectiveness of hypnosis has been further extensively studied and finally scientifically proven.
This led to the fact that in addition to the recognition as a scientific method of treatment, the scope of hypnosis is becoming larger and larger:
Hypnosis is used in operations as a substitute for anesthesia, in the field of chronic diseases or pain and in psychotherapy and psychosomatic. However, not only the sick person benefits from the effect of hypnotherapy today.
Hypnosis also promotes personal development and helps to make important decisions and lead a free, self-determined life.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Professional Articles About Hypnosis

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Professional Articles about Hypnosis

Paper - Hypnosis in Medicine is Effective. Evidence and efficiency
The fact that hypnosis is successfully used in medicine in numerous specialties is shown in this technical paper "Hypnosis in Medicine is Effective. Evidence and efficiency" by Jochen Hefner. You can download this article by clicking on the following link as a download from the MEG Foundation (a new tab will open and the MEG Foundation article will be downloaded at the same time):
Technical paper - Hypnosis in Medicine is Effective. Evidence and Efficiency.
Television contribution NDR - Hypnosis as an alternative to anesthesia
This TV feature is about the University Hospital of Jena, which performs operations on the brain while the patient is hypnotized - completely without anesthesia. The successes prove the doctors right! Click on the following link, a new tab will open:
Television report NDR - Hypnosis as an alternative to anesthesia.
Television contribution ARD - Healing with hypnosis - The power of inner images
This television report is about very practical cases in hypnotherapy, who visit Gunther Schmidt for hypnosis treatment. Gunther Schmidt is a German physician and psychotherapist and is considered a pioneer in linking systemic therapy and hypnotherapy according to Milton Erickson in Germany. This is an article absolutely worth watching, which shows how modern hypnotherapy works today. Click on the following link, a new tab will open:
TV feature NDR - Healing with Hypnosis - The Power of Inner Images.
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