Hypnosis is a state of your mind. In hypnosis, the mind is relaxed and shows exceptional focus. In hypnosis, your mind is highly suggestible and changes fast.
Due to this, hypnosis is an exceptionally effective method for therapies.
But what are there any known side effects of hypnosis? And let’s compare those to the side effects of most used medicines.
The renowned Mayo Clinic recommends hypnosis as a safe, complementary, and alternative medical treatment.
It is important to choose a trained therapist or health care professional.
However, hypnosis is not always appropriate in people with severe mental illness.
Side Effects of Hypnosis
According to the Mayo Clinic article about hypnosis, adverse reactions to hypnosis are rare. They may include:
- Anxiety or distress
- Creation of false memories
Let’s look at those in more detail.
What is Known About Headaches
The main causes of headaches are lifestyle factors and can be avoided:
- Certain foods
- Changes in sleep or lack of sleep
- Poor posture
- Skipped meals
Headaches can be also caused by disorders. World Health Organisation states that headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system.
Migraine, tension-type headache (TTH), and medication-overuse headache are responsible for high population levels of disability and illness.
Migraine alone is the sixth highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability. Headache disorders combined are the third highest.
At the same time, multiple studies have shown that hypnotherapies effectively reduce both short- and long-term headaches.
Headaches after hypnosis can happen due to the release of the old emotional burden. They neither last long nor repeat.
What is Known About Dizziness and Drowsiness
The most common causes of drowsiness are sleep deprivation and sleep disorders like apnea and insomnia. Other causes of drowsiness are:
- depression and other psychiatric problems
- certain medications
- and medical conditions affecting the brain and body.
Dizziness can have many possible reasons, such as:
- inner ear disturbance
- motion sickness
- medication effects
- underlying health conditions, like poor circulation, infection, or injury.
During a hypnotherapy session, a client may fall asleep towards the end of the session. This happens when the client is no longer actively engaged in the process but is listening to positive suggestions spoken in a calm tone by the therapist.
At the very end of the session, the therapist takes care to bring the client back to full awareness after hypnosis.
Creation of False Memories
Your memories are based on your sensory perception of events in your life.
But your senses are limited: humans can see only a certain range of the light spectrum, hear a certain range of sounds, distinguish only a certain range of smells.
From that spectrum of the sensory information that you are able to perceive, only a part of the information will reach your consciousness. Your brain will filter only the most significant signals.
And even those signals you will see in the light of your life experiences and beliefs system. So in the end, we perceive a very individual reflection of reality.
So, in hypnotherapy, the concern is not about “is that really the way it was?”. As Gil Boyne explains in his book “Transforming Therapy. A new approach to hypnotherapy”: “Whatever they (clients) report is truth for them and that’s what must be dealt with therapeutically.”
Even if you remember certain events from your past, in hypnosis you access the memories on a deeper emotional level.
Most clients that choose hypnotherapy are aware of hurtful or traumatic events in their past. Accessing the memories from those times in hypnosis can be very emotional but also holds a huge healing potential. After a session of Rapid Transformational Therapy, a client may feel tired but also experiences a huge emotional relief.
Let’s Compare with Medicines
Humira (generic name Adalimumab), the most sold prescription medicine makes up $8.2 billion in sales.
Adalimumab is used to reduce inflammation by acting on the immune system. It treats conditions like arthritis and Crohn’s disease
Common side effects of Adalimumab that happen in more than 1 in 10 people are:
- pain, swelling, redness, or itchy skin where your injection was given
- a mild nose, throat, or sinus infection
- a headache
- stomach pains, feeling or being sick
- a rash
- muscle or bone pains
These side effects might be experienced up to 4 months after you stop taking adalimumab.
Abilify (aripiprazole) makes up $7.9 billion in sales.
Aripiprazole is used to treat certain mental and mood disorders like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, and irritability associated with autistic disorder.
It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters). This medication can decrease hallucinations and improve concentration. It helps to think more clearly and positively about yourself, feel less nervous, and take a more active part in everyday life.
The side effects of aripiprazole include:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, excess saliva/drooling, blurred vision, weight gain, constipation, headache, and trouble sleeping may occur.
Many of these side effects are typical for antidepressant drugs in general.
Common side effects of Aspirin, as a commonly used medicine and frequently advised by medical specialists include:
- rash, gastrointestinal ulcerations, abdominal pain, upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness, headache, cramping, nausea, gastritis, and bleeding.
- Hypnosis is a safe treatment
- Side effects of hypnosis are rare
- Side effects of hypnosis are insignificant compared to those of the most used medicines
- The positive and fast results of hypnotherapy overweigh significantly the rare negative effects
- It is highly advisable to spend some quiet time after a longer hypnotherapy session to rest
Please share in the comments below what was your personal experience of hypnosis?