An increasing amount of mainstream medicine treatments and surgical procedures are now looking to assist in pain management using hypnosis. Hypnosis is a technique that can not only reduce pain during and after surgery, it can also help to calm patients who are to undergo surgery.
Medical hypnotherapy can also be used to not only treat but even cure certain dermatological conditions such as herpes simplex, acne, alopecia, Rosacea, psoriasis, trichotillomania etc.
In some cases, patients can also be made to feel local anesthesia with the help of hypnosis. The factors that determine how successful one may be in using hypnotherapy however are the “hypnotizability” of the patient as well as the sort of procedure that it is being used for.
Studies have been able to demonstrate that hypnotic suggestion can help to relieve pain; regardless of the type of pain that it is. In one study, it was found that as many as 89% of subjects found help in pain management with the help of hypnosis.
The manner in which hypnosis can assist in the case of dermatological surgery is – by reducing fear of needles, providing relief from pain such as the type that an analgesic would, and also by speeding up the recovery process.