Hypnosis was used by members of the Sumerian priesthood some six thousand years ago according to cuneiform writings of the period. A papyrus document from Egypt shows that hypnosis was used in ancient Egypt as well. Passed down to spiritual practioners of many cultures, hypnosis later was used as a healing technique in Europe. From there physical healing expanded to mental and emotional healing with the work of French neurologist, Hippolte Bernheim, Viennese doctor Joseph Breuer who worked with repressed memories and Sigmund Freud. Freud would later drop hypnosis for his psychoanalytical approach. But more and more hypnosis was being used and by World War I was helping soldiers sufering from trauma and "battle fatigue" or post-traumatic stress disorder.
By the mid 1950s's hypnosis was approved by the American Medical and British Medical Associations where it was used as an adjunct therapy to other medical and psychiatric therapies. Today hyposis continues to be used as an adjunct therapy in those areas but is also used for by dentists, surgeons and midwives and obstetricians. In addition, it is used in a wide variety of ways beyond health. As a clinical hynotherapist, a few of the issues my clients describe regualrly include: relief from stress and anxiety, habit modification (quitting smoking, losing weight, stopping nail biting), aiding in self-development, building confidence and self-esteem, developing better study or work habits, improving memory and concentration, relieving phobias, sports improvement and dealing with the fear of failure or fear of success. As you can see, hypnotherapy can be used on a wide variety of issues. If you are ready to explore a new tool for making positive changes in your life, see a professional hypnotherapist.