Hypnosis as a Therapeutic Means
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Hypnosis as a therapeutic means has been known for thousands of years. It was used by the Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Ancient Greeks and was practiced in their resorts. But after a while there were rumors that hypnosis is too frivolous which remained til today. Some of the "patients" were convinced that while they're in hypnotic state the gods are talking to them, but in reality all that was done by crafty priests who used the hidden sound hoppers. Some fear the hypnosis or consider it frivolous or even harmful, while others swear in its medical effectiveness.
What does the science say about hypnosis? The Sun, sand and the waves - one afternoon as if created for the enjoyment and loafing. However, while a young man is lying on his back and surrenders to his dreams, a surgeon's knife penetrates his nasal septum. The beach is just a product of imagination, the Sun is the lamp's light - in reality a man is lying on a hard operating table. Psychologist Harold Wayne suggested to a hypnotized patient that he is lying relaxed on a sunny beach. As a result, he feels no pain while experiencing nasal surgery without anesthetics. This scene from Walter Reed Hospital in Washington is not very common. Hypnotic suggestions are used only occasionally during a surgical procedure - after all, there are narcotics. However, not all patients can tolerate those medication equally well, and sometimes they are also afraid of narcotics. In such cases, hypnosis can be used as an alternative.