"The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain."

                       - Aristotle

If you suffer from chronic moderate-to-severe chronic pain? If so, you should consider seeking treatment through hypnotherapy. It's a safe and effective process that's helped thousands patients either lower or completely eliminate their pain.

Unfortunately, most doctors and medical practitioners are stuck in the mindset of writing prescriptions for potentially dangerous opioid-based drugs to treat their patients' pain. These drugs may offer some initial relief, but it's usually short lived, as the patient's tolerance begins to build as he or she continues taking the drug. This can lead to a dangerous mental and physical dependence in which the patient must up his or her dose on a regular basis just to "feel normal."

Another problem with standard pain relieving medicines – prescription and over-the-counter – is the fact that they contain acetaminophen. This chalky, gritty substance doesn't pass through the liver easily, and taking it on a regular basis can lead to toxicity. In fact, acetaminophen overdoses are responsible than 78,000 emergency room visits and 33,000 hospitalization each year (source).

Hypnotherapy is proven to reduce both acute and chronic pain without the use of dangerous drugs. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study back in 1996 to determine the effects of hypnotherapy on cancer patients. Researchers found that hypnotherapy “hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education,” wrote NIH researchers in the abstract of their study.

Another study involving the analysis of 18 independent studies also found hypnotherapy to be effective in reducing pain. Researchers a the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York concluded that hypnotherapy offered “substantial” pain relief in 3 out of 4 (75%) of patients.

How is hypnotherapy able to offer pain relief to many patients? Using imaging technology, scientists have identified two separate regions of the brain which are responsible for creating pain sensations. One of these regions creates mental pain, and the other region creates physical pain.

Hypnotherapy works by training the patient's brain to block stop creating both mental and physical pain signals on a subconscious level. The exact method varies depending on the hypnotherapist's recommendations and the client's preference, but it usually involves coercing the patient into a state of ultra relaxation. When this occurs, the hypnotherapist can "rewire" the patient's brain so to speak, telling him or her to block out the pain signals.