20 August 2012

Hypnosis Can Help You Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking can be a serious challenge. However, if you are a smoker, quitting now is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking is a dangerous and frequently deadly habit. Smoking is the leading cause of cancer. Smoking also increases your risk of lung disease, heart disease and other associated health problems such as decreased bone density which heightens the risk of bone fractures and breaks.

However, all this information has been known for a long time, yet people still smoke. One major reason for this phenomenon is because it is extremely difficult to quit smoking. Nicotine gum, lozenges and patches do not work for everyone. Sometimes counseling and support groups only help one to stop smoking for a brief period. If these more mainstream methods have not helped you to be successful at smoking cessation, it may be time to look in to alternative methods for quitting smoking.

Hypnosis is defined as an altered state of awareness in which you appear to be asleep or in a trance. Clinical hypnosis may be used to treat certain physical or psychological problems. For instance, it is frequently used to help patients control pain. Hypnosis has also been proven effective for helping with speech disorders, sleeping disorders, weight disorders and addiction.

There is debate about how hypnosis works. Some people believe that when you are hypnotized, you relax and concentrate more, and are more willing to listen to suggestions. In this case, one is more focused on quitting smoking.

Even though the patient appears to be in a trance during hypnosis, they are not unconscious. The patient is still aware of their surroundings, and contrary to popular entertainment depictions, the patient cannot be made do to anything against their will. In fact, brain tests performed on patients during hypnotism sessions have shown a high level of neurological activity.

During hypnosis for smoking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking will leave the patient's mouth feeling extremely parched. This type of thinking gets one to understand three key elements to the negative side of smoking and how it affects the body. First is that smoking poisons the body. Second is that you need your body to live. Third is that you should respect your body and protect it. This is called the Spiegel Method. The hypnotherapist will then teach the smoker self-hypnosis so that the smoker can use these techniques to repeat these affirmations any time the desire to smoke arises.