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Can hypnosis relieve chronic pain?

Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- is an intentionally induced trance-like mental state thought to make a person more receptive to suggestion and helpful guidance. It has been used to help people lose weight, quit smoking, and enhance athletic performance. Some claim hypnosis also curbs and enhances the ability to cope with chronic pain. However, some people are less susceptible to hypnosis than others, so the technique isn't for everyone. If you want to try it, seek the services of a trained and licensed hypnotherapist.

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