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Professional standards and care in the hypnotherapy clinic

The role of conventional medical and health care and how this relates to the professional standards of care in the hypnotherapy clinic

Evidence supports the clinical use of hypnosis for pain control, for weight control, in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, and as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapies.

The idea of using hypnotherapy in the management of diverse problems such as pain management, persistent cough, gastrointestinal symptoms etc. opens new paths of treatment for the holistic physician.

The use of hypnotherapy in conjunction with medical and health care has found considerable help with many children and adolescents with varying complaints, most particularly pain and anxiety/panic symptoms.

More and more respected mainstream physicians are blending traditional and alternative medicine – even when it means risking their reputation and security. Yet in spite of tremendous changes there is still resistance from mainstream medicine, as well as the government and the pharmaceutical industry.

Many hypnotherapists refer to their practice as “clinical work.” Hypnotherapy can either be used as an addition to the work of licensed physician or psychologist, or it can be used in a stand-alone environment where the hypnotherapist in question usually owns his or her own business.

The use of hypnosis in dentistry has a long history. Dealing with hypnodontia – the use of hypnosis in dentistry – has attested to the increasing sophistication of hypnotic procedures to deal with the special problems of the dental patient.

The practice of hypnotically assisted deliveries fell into disfavor due to competition from chemical anesthesia, but has seen a revival lately. One important reason for this is the realization that hypnosis may find usefulness not only in obstetric analgesia or anesthesia, but also in all phases of giving birth from pregnancy to postpartum recovery.

Several types of organizations exist to further the professionalism and regulation of practicing hypnotist. They establish codes of conduct and standards for various certification programs.

Government authorities are starting to establish requirements for credentials that must be earned before one may practice hypnosis. Because of these standards medical and health care are starting to recognize hypnotherapist as having professional standards. Hypnosis is earning a significant place in everyday clinical practice and health care.  

More and more the public in general and the medical profession in particular are turning to ethical hypnotherapist for help in bringing about positive changes in both mind and body in a minimum of time.

The current lack of regulation in the whole field of complementary medicine is set to change seeking high standards of ethics and practice. High ethical standards and proper training is most important as it is the only way for hypnotherapist to gain the respect of the medical and health profession.


By Meeka O’Brien


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