hyp·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ˌhip-nō-ˈther-ə-pē \

Definition of hypnotherapy 

1 : treatment by hypnotism

2 : psychotherapy that facilitates suggestion, reeducation, or analysis by hypnosis

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hypnotherapist \ˌhip-​nō-​ˈther-​ə-​pist \ noun

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Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., also is exploring adding hypnotherapy for IBS patients. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis," 7 May 2018 Click to Read Story A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis Major hospitals are finding hypnotherapy can help sufferers of digestive conditions like heartburn, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "From Meditation to Medication: Headspace Has a Prescription Strategy," 25 June 2018 The case’s progression is traced on Friday night’s episode of ABC’s 20/20, which is exclusively previewed above, in a clip that explains how Marcell first decided to undergo hypnotherapy to aid law enforcement. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Years After a High School Senior Was Nearly Beaten to Death, Hypnosis Helped Her ID the Suspect," 15 June 2018 Most professionals who conduct hypnotherapy treatments are psychologists. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis," 7 May 2018 Such feats helped lay the foundation for both hypnotherapy and the work of later famous disabled Americans such as Helen Keller. Justin T. Clark, BostonGlobe.com, "Building Boston to shape morality," 14 Apr. 2018 Exercise, healthy eating, and stress-reduction techniques—like mindfulness, acupuncture, or hypnotherapy—may be helpful, as well. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "12 Reasons You Might Have Cramps That Have Nothing to Do With Your Period," 27 Mar. 2018 This past Saturday, almost 100 women and a smattering of men showed up to hear inspirational speakers participate in a healing circle, discover their inner power and watch a demonstration on the healing capabilities of hypnotherapy. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Event emphasizes inspiration, empowerment and healing," 26 Mar. 2018 The guideline said that non-drug therapies such as acupuncture (as well as physical and massage therapies, biofeedback and hypnotherapy) should be considered as first-line treatments for acute pain. Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "New Medicaid rule will further open acupuncture services to 108,000 Ohio patients with low back pain, migraines," 31 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hypnotherapy

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hypnotherapy

medical : the use of hypnosis to help people with emotional and psychological problems


hyp·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \-ˈther-ə-pē \
plural hypnotherapies

Medical Definition of hypnotherapy 

1 : treatment by hypnotism

2 : psychotherapy that facilitates suggestion, reeducation, or analysis by means of hypnosis

Other Words from hypnotherapy

hypnotherapeutic \-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyüt-​ik \ adjective

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