Mending the Mind is Integral to Healing the Body 

The history of hypnosis goes back to the Egyptian physician Imhotep (2650-2590 B. C.). In my research I found where Imhotep was providing suggestive therapy, by analyzing the patients dreams.

"Sleep temples (also known as dream temples or Egyptian sleep temples) are regarded by some as an early instance of Suggestion Therapy over 4000 years ago, under the influence of Imhotep. It has been only since 1843 that it has been called hypnosis".

"Sleep temples were hospitals of sorts, healing a variety of ailments, perhaps many of them psychological in nature. The treatment involved chanting, placing the patient into a trance-like or hypnotic state, and analyzing their dreams in order to determine treatment. Meditation, fasting, baths and sacrifices to the patron deity or other spirits were often involved as well".

"Sleep temples also existed in the middle-east and Ancient Greece. In Greece, they were built in honor of Asclepios, the Greek God of medicine. The Greek treatment was referred to as incubation and focused on prayers to Asclepios for healing. A similar Hebrew treatment was referred to as Kavanah and involved focusing on letters of the Hebrew alphabet".

"The people looking for a cure or an insight to their problems were called Seekers. Seekers had something on their mind, an ailment, an issue, and an inner quest to discover themselves. They came to seek an insight into their problems, to contact the healing god, to get a new vision that would heal, guide, or provide comfort. The path to the Temple was lined with huge steles made of marble, on which were carved inscriptions, describing all the miracle cures, and the miraculous healing that had taken place in the Temple". ( Ref: Wikipedia) Things really haven’t changed in 4000 years.

People are still going to practitioners looking for solutions to their behavior and medical problems. Often their answers are found and the expected change occurs while in the trance state. This is the phenomenon of suggestion therapy or should I say hypnotism.   

In the late 18th century Franz Anton Mesmer brought the use of the trance state (mesmerism) as a therapeutic tool to the attention of the public. Therapists have been using it as a powerful tool to help them with Suggestion Therapy. In fact, it wasn't until 1843 that Dr. James Braid (1795-1860), a Scottish surgeon working in Manchester, England coined the words 'hypnotism' and 'hypnosis'.  Today we call the trance state, hypnosis or hypnotism and suggestion therapy, hypnotherapy.

A noteworthy Hypnotist of the more modern era 1940's, 1950's and 1960's is Dave Elman who taught and lectured to the medical community regarding the performance or techniques of Hypnosis and its values. Another important figure is the famous Milton H. Erickson M. D. who pioneered the use of indirect techniques to hypnotherapy especially with the use metaphors. He was a highly respected lecturer and author for his unconventional approach to psychotherapy.

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