The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Hypnosis Research

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A new review has indicated that hypnosis is giving psychologists and neuroscientists insights into unexplained neurological disorders and mental processes.


Hypnosis is helping neuroscientists to discover more about sufferers’ symptoms and possible treatment.

According to a post published on August 1 by the BPS Research Digest, these ideas have been voiced by David Oakley and Peter Halligan in a review in which they explain how hypnosis is helping neuroscience.

According to the article, Oakley and Halligan relate a study which saw participants, once induced into a hypnotic state, told suggestive statements in order to alter sensations in their body. The article gives the example of a participant being told their arm is heavy and unable to move, and the participant subsequently experiencing paralysis of their limb. According to the article, images then taken of the brain suggest that the paralysis they experience is not imagined, but real.

The article states that the cause of many neurological disorders is unknown, and hypnosis is helping neuroscientists to discover more about sufferers’ symptoms and possible treatment.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) connects members of the general public with professional, skilled hypnotists throughout the UK who are qualified to help with a range of issues such as anxiety, stopping smoking and weight loss. A representative for the company said:

“This research suggests how hypnotherapy can cause changes in the brain, indicating that hypnotherapy can show genuine, positive results for patients. While more serious conditions should be dealt with by visiting your GP, conditions such as anxiety and depression can be helped through complementary therapy such as hypnotherapy.”

The National Council for Hypnotherapy continues to follow health related news.

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members. Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites. As one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop standards for the benefit of the profession, now and into the future.

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