Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis. It transports patients into a trance like state. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis is a state of restful alertness and is one of the several relaxation techniques. It is one of the alternative treatment methods used for cancer patients. In hypnosis the patient is relatively unaware of, but not completely blind to, his or her surroundings. It is helpful in reducing fear and anxiety. It also helps in reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures.

Hypnosis is used to calm people before having chemotherapy. There is no available scientific evidence supporting the idea that hypnosis can affect the development or progression of cancer but it helps in coping with symptoms of the disease.

Clinical hypnosis treatment for cancer may involve single to multiple sessions. Normally cancer patients may have around five or more sessions. It involves hypnotic induction and instruction in self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is often used with other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for better results.

Uses of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy for treatment of cancer. It helps in reducing or coping with different symptoms of cancer. It is used for relaxation and better ability to cope with symptoms and treatment of cancer. It is used to get rid of sickness and pain in cancer patients. It helps to reduce depression, anxiety and stress. It also helps in reducing blood pressure by relaxing patients. It is seen that hypnotherapy reduces the amount of pain, sickness, tiredness and upset after surgery. It is claimed that hypnotherapy can help people with symptoms of advanced cancer but there is no evidence available. It is also used in place of a general anesthetic for some forms of surgery. It helps patients to be prepared for surgery. It boosts self confidence and empowerment.

It helps with other issues such as a needle phobia, emotional issues, pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes and sleep disorders. There are a number of side-effects of conventional cancer treatment, many of them can be eliminated or reduced with help of hypnotherapy.

Side Effects of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is generally very safe and normally does not cause any serious side effects. Some patients may feel increased anxiety, emotional distress, drowsy, delusional thoughts and trance.

Patients with certain medical conditions such as Psychosis, personality disorder, epilepsy or other mental disorders should not use hypnotherapy.

Patients should seek services of a hypnotherapist who has experience in this field. Patients should consult their doctor before going for this complementary treatment method.

It should not be used as a sole treatment for treatment of cancer. Children under the age of 7 should go under this therapy only by a therapist trained in working with this age group.