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How Do You Treat Burns with Hypnosis? Jun 22nd, 2021

Burn injuries in children lead to 300 children seeking emergency care every day in the United States.  Burns cause physical pain, psychological distress, and can also lead to long-term physical impairment as a result of scarring.  The pain associated with burns can be caused by the injury, but sometimes there is even greater pain caused by the...

How Do You Treat Bedwetting with Hypnosis? Jun 15th, 2021

Most children outgrow bedwetting by the age of 5 years.  However, 7% of boys and 3% of girls take longer to stop bedwetting.  By the early teen years less than 2% of children still experience this problem.  Medical causes of bedwetting include urinary tract infections, constipation, and diabetes.  Most of the time bedwetting after...

How Do You Treat Asthma with Hypnosis? Jun 7th, 2021

In the early 20th century, asthma was thought of as a psychosomatic disease, which means that the illness was caused by psychological problems that lead to development of physical symptoms.  At that time, it was thought that a child’s development of anxiety related to separation from his or her mother led to the development of asthma.  Research...

How Do You Treat Anxiety with Hypnosis? May 31st, 2021

When many people think of anxiety, they consider it to be a bad thing. However, anxiety is useful in small doses, and this likely is the reason we have developed to have a capacity for anxiety.  A feeling of fear or apprehension is very useful if you are about to climb a cliff with narrow paths, since a worry that you...

How Do You Treat Allergies with Hypnosis? May 25th, 2021

It is surprising to many people that allergies have a big-time psychological component.  For example, take someone who is allergic to a certain flower, which causes him to develop asthma flare-ups.  If he is shown this flower, encased in a glass vase so that he cannot inhale any of the flower particles...

How Can Positive Talk Affect Your Life? May 18th, 2021

Usually, during the first one or two sessions with a new patient, I discuss the importance of positive self-talk as a prelude to use of hypnosis in a positive way. I demonstrate to my patients that telling themselves that they can be strong or weak actually translates into increased or decreased muscle strength when I ask them...

How Do You Improve Athletic Performance With Hypnosis? May 10th, 2021

At Center Point Medicine we use hypnosis and counseling to treat patients who have medical and mental health problems. However, once kids learn how to use hypnosis to help themselves, they are free to apply this technique to any aspect of their lives. For example, many athletes want to know how hypnosis...

How Did CPM Franchises Get Started? May 4th, 2021

When our hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine proved to be greatly needed and successful, I had hoped that other physicians would follow my lead. There are so many children in this country who could benefit from hypnosis and counseling, and yet there is extraordinarily little access to health care providers who can provide such guidance.  Helping...

How Did Center Point Medicine Get Started? Apr 27th, 2021

I used hypnosis to help patients  while I was practicing as a pediatric pulmonologist for 15 years at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  In my last few years in Syracuse, I split my time between practicing pulmonary medicine and medical hypnosis.  I enjoyed both aspects of my practice, but...

How does Spirituality Help in Hypnosis? Apr 20th, 2021

Spirituality can be defined as a feeling or sense that there is something greater than oneself. It can encompass faith in a guiding entity or be evoked by being in an awesome natural environment, entering an ornate lobby, or listening to inspiring music. Becoming aware of the great power of the subconscious mind through hypnosis, as described in...

How Does the Subconscious Help in Hypnosis? Apr 13th, 2021

The subconscious is responsible for many of the phenomena that we observe and experience with hypnosis.  Further, I teach many of my patients how to interact with their subconscious so that they can gain from its insight, knowledge, and wisdom.  What is the subconscious?  I tell my patients that the subconscious represents the part of their mind...

How Quickly Does Hypnosis Work? Apr 6th, 2021

Virtually all people who want to help themselves with hypnosis gain at least some benefit, since everyone can improve their mind/body connection with achievement of a healthier mental state and practice.  On infrequent occasions, imporvement occurs immediately, and on most occasions some benefit can be observed within a few weeks of hypnosis...

What Makes Hypnosis Work? Mar 30th, 2021

The mind is much more powerful than most people might imagine.  Within our minds we have the ability to change our perception of reality as well as to gain a much deeper understanding of what underlies our thoughts and actions.  Hypnosis can prepare us to better use our mind power.  It works by diverting our attention...

What Are Some Misconceptions About Hypnosis? Mar 23rd, 2021

Contrary to what is portrayed commonly in the entertainment industry, hypnosis is not a tool for kidnapping or mind control. It is not practiced by snakes or evildoers. It is not facilitated by inanimate objects (or psychedelic eyeballs) with uniquely mesmerizing powers. It is not sleep.   To find out what hypnosis IS, please read the January 19, 2021...

What Is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Biofeedback? Mar 16th, 2021

Treatment with both hypnosis and biofeedback involves teaching our minds and bodies to become calmer. However, while hypnosis relies on teaching patients to calm themselves by focusing on words, images, or thoughts, biofeedback involves training patients to regulate themselves by showing them the results of electronic monitoring of their body’s reactions. ...

Is Hypnosis Different with Young Children? Mar 9th, 2021

Hypnosis with younger children is different in content and appearance than with older children, adolescents and adults.  The key to effective hypnosis is to speak the patient’s language, and thus with younger children therapists and parents need to rely more on rhythm, rhyme, and imagery than we might use with an older individual. ...

What is the Difference Between Medical Hypnosis and Meditation? Mar 2nd, 2021

Both hypnosis and meditation involve changing of the mindset from usual conscious awareness. When we are in our usual state of awareness our conscious mind can be highly active, occupied fully with our tasks at hand, and is unaware of input from the subconscious.   How Meditation and Hypnosis are Achieved  Meditation involves a singular focus such as the breath (mindfulness breathing meditation) or a mantra (transcendental meditation). Such a mental...

What is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Counseling? Feb 23rd, 2021

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness during which people are more suggestible. The suggestions can be given by a therapist or doctor and can also be given by people to themselves.    Counseling occurs when someone is given assistance or guidance regarding how to resolve a personal or psychological issue.    When people...

How Can Hypnosis Help My Child Cope Better with COVID Related Stress? Feb 16th, 2021

Because of COVID-19 and its associated life disruptions, many children have become emotionally and physically affected.  Some children have become anxious about becoming sick, or about the health of their family members.  Others have become depressed because online learning is difficult for them and/or they miss in-person social interactions with...

How Can I Tell if My Child's Symptoms Are Caused or Aggravated by How He or She Feels? Feb 9th, 2021

Children’s emotions usually affect what they say about their physical symptoms.  For example, if your child has a mild stomachache is he or she more likely to complain of this on a day when there is a test at school, which the child has been dreading, or on a day when the family...

How Can Hypnosis Help My Child? Feb 2nd, 2021

A most wonderful fact about hypnosis is that your child can learn to control his or her mind better through entering hypnosis.  Once your child achieves improved mind control, the applications are limitless.  Your child can enhance any aspect of his or her mental abilities such as achievement in school,...

How Can I Tell if I am Good at Hypnosis? Jan 26th, 2021

Everyone can achieve a state of hypnosis to some degree. There are people able to use hypnosis easily and they can achieve incredible experiences in that state. Researchers call such people high-hypnotizables. Others have a challenging time achieving a typical hypnotic state. These people are termed low-hypnotizables. Some researchers believe that if you are a low-hypnotizable individual, you cannot benefit from hypnosis. This is incorrect. In fact, I would...

What is Hypnosis? Jan 19th, 2021

It seems like a simple question. What is hypnosis? The answer is quite complicated and people, including experts in the field, cannot agree on a definition. Hypnosis involves a shift in the thinking pattern. To my patients I define hypnosis as “using your imagination to help yourself.”  However, that describes what we can do with...

Why is Hypnosis Important? Jan 11th, 2021

Based on my experience, hypnosis should be an essential tool in the kit of every health care provider.  Without use of this tool, or another way of addressing patients’ psychological issues, the majority of patients suffer needlessly!    Why Psychology Plays Such an Important Role in Health Care  Every patient has a brain that affects how they process information. ...

How Did I Become Involved in Hypnosis? Jan 4th, 2021

Welcome to this blog regarding hypnosis.  My name is Ran D. Anbar, MD, and I am the President and Founder of Center Point Medicine.  In this first blog entry I want to share about my introduction to the world of hypnosis.  In the spring of 1997, when I was practicing as a pediatric...