What are the origins of hypnotherapy?
When was it first used?


The word ““hypnosis”” comes from the Ancient Greek “Hypnos,” the god of sleep (in Latin, Somnos). However, hypnosis as an alternative healing method dates to pre-historic times. Shamans, witch doctors, and medicine men were really using hypnosis when they employed a technique to suspend their consciousness– — what we might now call “”trance.””

In recorded history, hypnosis has been traced back to 3,000 B.C. in Egypt where ““incubation”” or ““sleep temples”” were associated with Imhotep, history’’s earliest known physician.

Both the New and Old Testaments of the Bible speak of what could be deemed hypnosis, and, like the Egyptians, the ancient Greeks and Romans had sleep temples where those seeking healing would be put into a trance-like sleep — –their dreams later interpreted by priests.

In the late 13th Century, Pietro D’Abano, an Italian teacher of medicine, philosophy, and astrology, wrote that ““suggestion, when practiced by a kind and, at the same time authoritative personality, has definite effects on mentally disturbed people…”.”

Although the German physician and astrologer Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) has been called “the “father” of hypnotherapy,” he did not hypnotize his subjects, but was interested in magnetic effects on the body. He believed that all living things had a “magnetic fluid” in them and if they had enough, they would be healthy. This is where the term “”animal magnetism” came from, as well as “”mesmerize,”” often used interchangeably (in error) with “”hypnotize.””

In 1843, the Scottish surgeon James Braid coined the term “”hypnotism”” as part of his neurological studies of sleep. Since that time, hypnotherapy has been progressively integrated into Western healing practices. Today, clients are often referred to a Hypnotherapist by a counselor or medical professional.


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