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Can Hypnosis Be Used as a Medical Treatment?

22 Aug

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

Over the last decade, more and more research shows there are benefits of hypnosis for medical problems. In addition to IBS, a number of rigorous studies have found the practice is effective at mollifying chronic pain and reducing stress and anxiety before surgery. Studies have also shown hypnosis reduces health care costs — patients who use it stay in the hospital for shorter periods and use less medication.   So why don’t more people and hospitals use hypnosis? Part of the reason may be its stigma — patients and doctors may think of it more as “hocus pocus” than science. Another reason may be problems with the quality of hypnosis studies, leading doctors to be wary that it wastes time and money.   All of these are misperceptions, its advocates say.
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in General

 

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