Hypnosis can reduce or eliminate psychological factors that inhibit healing. The use of visualisation and influencing subconscious processes in hypnosis can assist the body's regulatory mechanisms including the immune system.
Hypnosis can assist natural healing mechanisms in conjunction with standard medical treatments or in fighting illnesses for which there are no medical treatments.
It has been demonstrated that the immune system can be severely compromised by stress and depression. This can be a causal or exacerbatory factor in many conditions, including various severe illnesses.
Hypnosis can be used to help the individual combat stress and depression and thereby help to strengthen the immune response vital for fighting disease. In unstressed individuals, visualisation and hypnotic suggestions can be used to assist the efficiency of the immune response and thereby help to maintain health and prevent disease.
By directing the subconscious mind with health-affirming suggestions, the natural healing activities within the body may be stimulated to greater effect to help the body to fight illness.