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Could hypnotherapy help you?

Hypnotherapy helps you control or alter your thoughts, feelings, and physical state. The results may help relieve anxiety, pain, or insomnia.

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Tap into your brain's circuitry to boost treatment for your health condition.

When it comes to pain management, anxiety, and other challenges, relief may come down to mind over matter: a technique called hypnotherapy. It works by helping you enter a trance-like state where attention is highly focused, so you're more responsive to suggestions. "It's most effective in treating problems that require stronger control over the body's responses," says Dr. Max Shapiro, a psychologist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "Insomnia and pain are primary examples. It is now known that the brain has greater ability to influence the body than previously acknowledged."

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