The Science Of Hypnosis: A Simple Tool for Treating Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia and Disease

When you hear the term “hypnosis,” what immediately comes to mind? Is it a clock-swinging magician or a comedy hypnosis show? What most people don’t know about hypnotherapy is that it’s actually an accredited science with tremendous healing power.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. David Spiegel, the world’s leading researcher and clinician in the field, is here to help us better understand the scientific power of hypnosis. Dr. Spiegel and I discuss the difference between clinical hypnosis and stage hypnosis. He explains that clinical hypnosis is a therapeutic protocol that induces a unique brain state—one that can be leveraged to improve everything from sleep states to high performance. It can also be a powerful tool against addiction and help alleviate stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and more.

Pain affects the lives of millions around the world, and several studies have shown that hypnosis can effectively reduce physical and emotional pain and may be a more effective and safer option than medication. Dr. Spiegel says, “The strain in pain lies mainly in the brain.” Hypnosis can reduce the amount of pain you feel by helping the brain change how you feel. It can also lessen the distress and negative emotions associated with experiencing pain.

Dr. Spiegel shares that in Reveri, the self-hypnosis app, users have experienced a 60% reduction in pain within the first 10 minutes of a session. Not everyone can be hypnotized as readily as the next, and Dr. Speigel explains what makes some people more hypnotizable than others and how to enhance your level of hypnotizability. We also talk about the difference between hypnosis, meditation, and EMDR, and the critical role that breath plays in hypnosis. I hope you’ll tune in to learn more. 

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