Hypnosis, like sleep, puts the mind
in an altered, relaxed state. Under hypnosis, the mind can still access memories,
sensations, and other thoughts. Hypnosis is often used for things such as breaking bad
habits, controlling pain, managing stress, and many other health conditions.
Some people can't be hypnotized.
But others are more receptive to this form of therapy. Hypnotism won't work if the
person does not want to be hypnotized. The person can also interrupt it at any time.
Hypnotism requires trust and imagination.
When you are hypnotized, your heart
rate may decrease, body temperature may change, and blood flow to certain areas may
be altered. The state of deep relaxation can stop people from thinking about pain and
other concerns. Hypnotism has been used as a pain reliever during certain surgeries,
such as dental procedures.
Other uses for hypnotism