Many Western New Yorkers who are desperate to find a treatment or cure for their mental health issues, aches, pains, and other disorders and are getting increasingly frustrated by standard medical treatments are turning to the ancient practice of hypnotherapy. 

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy, also known as hypnosis or hypnotic suggestion, is a common yet controversial treatment that puts users into a “trance-like” state, decreasing the awareness of what’s going on around them, and making them more vulnerable to suggestion.

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Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years, and in recent years has made a resurgence in the alternative medicine community as a treatment for a variety of ailments.

Although many people immediately think of those silly shows where volunteers become “hypnotized” and start barking like a dog and crowing like a rooster, many medical experts agree that hypnotherapy can be a viable option for those seeking help for a certain condition.

Things Hypnotherapy Can Help With

According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that hypnotherapy can be used to successfully treat many physical and mental conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Smoking cessation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Overeating
  • Pain control
  • Hot flashes
  • Side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation

Hypnotherapy Risks

Although hypnotherapy is considered a valid treatment for many ailments, just like any other type of medical treatment, there are risks involved and not everyone is a good candidate for hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy isn’t recommended for individuals who suffer from severe mental illness and has even been found to occasionally result in creating false memories.

Other potentially unpleasant side effects from hypnotherapy listed by the Mayo Clinic are headaches, dizziness, distress, and drowsiness.

Where To Find Hypnotherapy In Buffalo

As always, before trying a form of alternative medicine like hypnotherapy, it’s a good idea to do plenty of your own research to see if it’s something that you could potentially benefit from. In addition, before your first appointment, ask your potential hypnotherapist about their qualifications, credentials, education, results, and anything else you need to know to make you more comfortable with the person that will be potentially hypnotizing you.

If you’re interested in learning more about and possibly trying hypnotherapy, these places in the Buffalo area could be a good place to start.

Amherst Hypnosis

57 Thomas Jefferson Lane, Snyder

BlueSky Hypnosis 

359 Quaker Road, East Aurora

Extraordinary Change Hypnosis

1313 Walden Ave, Buffalo

Hamburg Healing Center

5854 Camp Road, Hamburg

Heart's Desire Hypnosis and Wellness Center

168 Robinson St, North Tonawanda

Master Mind Advanced Hypnosis

300 International Drive, Buffalo

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