Medical hypnosis

Learn where hypnosis helps with medical problems and why hypnosis may be the best proven aspect of medicine.

More and more people are realising that hypnosis can also help them to treat physical complaints. Through the combination of body and mind many things can be changed that do not seem treatable with conventional medicine.

History of medical hypnosis

When we go back in human history, the doctor and the hypnotherapist were the same person. The medicine man was both at the same time. To those who asked him for help, he gave medicine to drink and spoke the special healing words.

Over time, the professions split up. In order not to succumb to the "charlatanry" of earlier methods, the medical doctors isolated themselves and formed conventional medicine. What many do not know, however, is that the hypnotic effect is still one of the best proven effects of conventional medicine. More about this later.

The focus was on diseases, but not so much on the totality of health and prevention. The body was also seen as a kind of machine where you turn a screw or press a button and then it gets better. Meanwhile, we know that this is not entirely true for humans. The attitude towards medicine works independently of the medicine itself. This also means that our character and our daily experience have a strong influence on our health.

Even though some hospitals and universities are slowly approaching the body-mind connection again, comprehensive treatments are still in their infancy. There are still many doctors who look at me in shock when I tell them that even major operations are performed under hypnosis and almost without anaesthesia.

This means that it is advisable to use medical hypnosis if we want to support orthodox medicine. Medical hypnosis therapy also makes sense in areas where conventional medicine still has problems.

What is medical hypnosis?

Medical hypnosis is the use of hypnotherapy to treat medical problems. Hypnosis can also be used to promote health

Can medical hypnosis replace going to the doctor?

As mentioned in the introduction, the best effect is achieved by combining conventional medicine and medical hypnosis. Conventional medicine is particularly suitable for problems that "come from outside". So everything that is not bodily. For example viruses and bacteria, but also open fractures or dislocated shoulders. Hypnosis can certainly support the body with such topics, but you should not use it alone.

The main area of medical hypnosis is what comes "from within". So what the body does itself. These issues include pain, autoimmune diseases, allergies and even cancer. Self-healing always comes "from within".

Medical hypnosis can be unusually worthwhile for chronic diseases, where conventional medicine has already given up.

It is important for the patient or client to know that one does not have to choose between "conventional medicine" and "medical hypnosis". You can choose and combine that which makes the most sense to you. In the end, the body heals itself, whether with medication or hypnosis. Both have a mutually supportive effect and, ideally we combine both.

Understanding the placebo effect

Every drug that comes onto the market is compared with the placebo effect. So the placebo effect may be the effect that is best proven in all of medicine. And yet many still believe that placebo is "nothing". I hear "That's 'just' placebo," way too often.

But the placebo effect is the core of medicine. Placebo works without an active ingredient, even if the patient knows that he is taking placebo. The effect of placebo can be observed everywhere, even where conventional drugs have no effect.

Even if much is still unclear, we know in principle that a lot in our body adapts to our ideas. Whether these ideas were consciously and directly put into our mind with hypnosis, or e.g. by accident through careless statements by a doctor, makes no difference. They are nevertheless implemented by our subconscious.

Utilising placebo

So why isn't such a great cure used more often? The answer probably lies in uncertainty. Despite growing interest in the subject, medical research has not yet isolated any cause for the placebo effect. And this is apparently too uncertain for many orthodox physicians.

We hypnotherapists, on the other hand, know: the unconscious works in mysterious ways. Therefore, it is not immediately important for us to understand why hypnosis works on physical issues. If you don't understand the body only as a machine, then you can also deal with the fact that with application A you sometimes get B, sometimes C or sometimes something completely different.

However, it is quite clear that the placebo effect is pure hypnosis. Convincing the unconscious of something to make changes happen is my daily bread. When I use hypnosis to treat physical complaints, I'm actually medically inducing a better placebo effect. Completely without active substance and only with words. And without any side effects.

Preventing Nocebo.

The opposite of the placebo effect is the nocebo effect. This term is mainly used for negative placebo effects. The more interesting part, however, is that the effect of active ingredients in drugs can be reduced by the nocebo effect. When a drug does not work, it is often associated with the nocebo effect. If, for example, higher doses of painkillers are prescribed without any change, then this can very well be "Nocebo".

So it's not only important what you prescribe, but how you prescribe it. Unfortunately, this knowledge is often missing. "It doesn't make it worse either" or "With this you can get well" are very different instructions to the unconscious. In one example it hears "make it worse" in the other it's "get well"Medical communication in this case is medical hypnosis, so to speak.

That is why hypnosis therapy is such a suitable addition to regular medical treatment. With the use of hypnosis, we additionally direct the unconscious towards healing. We tell it that the drugs have good intentions, that they will work and that health is always possible. In this way we can reduce or even prevent the nocebo effect.

Does medical hypnotherapy pose any dangers?

As already explained, the nocebo effect can not only reduce the effect of drugs, but also cause negative effects. For example, there was a case in the USA where the effect of Novocaine was suggested during pain treatment. The doctors did not know that the client was allergic. The suggestion alone triggered an allergic reaction in the patient. The clumsy use of medical hypnotherapy can therefore be dangerous. Therefore, it is even more important to choose the hypnotherapist well.

Should I go to a doctor for medical hypnosis?

There are certainly some interested doctors who are well versed in hypnosis. Unfortunately, my personal experiences with doctors who had learned hypnosis have been rather negative. Hypnosis was seen as an additional drug that could be administered. This mechanistic view of man is not conducive to medical hypnosis in such cases.

Therefore I recommend to go to a hypnotherapist for medical hypnosis. Of course, it is best to consult your own doctor beforehand.

What do I do as a patient?

If you have a physical problem that you want to treat with hypnosis, you can proceed as follows: It is important that you first have everything medically checked. All serious hypnotherapists require that all physical symptoms have been medically checked

The best thing is to ask your trusted doctor if he or she can recommend someone for hypnosis. There are more and more doctors who work with hypnotherapists. If nobody is recommended to you, you can come to me.

Whether you want to tell your doctor that you are also under hypnotic treatment is up to you. In any case, you should inform your hypnotherapist which medication you are taking.

What do I do as a doctor?

If you are a doctor and are interested in hypnosis in medicine, the first thing I would recommend is self-experience. The easiest way is to book an appointment with a hypnotherapist who also offers medical hypnosis. Hypnosis in theory is something completely different than experienced hypnosis. For those who don't need self-experience, there are always courses and lectures where you can experience hypnosis.


Medical hypnosis has nothing to do with showhypnosis. In fact, the opposite is true. Hypnosis, in the form of intentional induction of placebo, is the most tested and versatile "cure". And if we don't use hypnosis randomly, but purposefully, the effect goes beyond placebo. Medical hypnosis is therefore a good idea for almost all patients.

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