Use Of Hypnosis And Medical Practice

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The Use of Hypnosis in Medical Practice
A literature review
Ashley Gowty 10207287

For centuries hypnosis was far from being part of the scientific world. But in the last couple of decades its reputation has moved from that of cult practise to a highly recognised psychological practice. Recently there has been an emerging trend using hypnosis in a physiological manner; this review will look at how hypnosis is currently being used in the medical field. Looking at what exactly hypnosis is and its therapeutic uses, it’s use as a treatment for pain relief and reflecting on how hypnotizable the general population is.
The literature reviewed is generally definitive in the nature of hypnosis. Bryant and Mabbutt (2006, p. 12) describe it as “ … a state of mind connected to deep relaxation, narrowed focus, and increased suggestibility. They also suggest that “Hypnosis is an intermediate state between sleep and wakefulness.” Bryant and Mabbutt’s description is echoed by Cyna, McAuliffe, & Andrew who apply the use of hypnosis to the clinical setting (hypnotherapy) and suggest that it is used to “to achieve specific therapeutic goals such as the alleviation of pain or anxiety.” (Cyna, McAuliffe, & Andrew, 2004). Staff at The Mayo Clinic extend upon the defination of hypnosis by stating that “Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviours or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions.” (Staff, 2009). They continue by…
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