As-Salaam-Alykum inshaAllah will you please answer the following question - is it Halal or Haram to practice hypnotherapy? inshaAllah please provide the Delil - Shukran!!! May Allah bless you all ameen.
Being a student of science and religion as well, I am of the opinion that ‘hypnotherapy’ neither confronts Islam nor falls under the domain of ‘haraam’. It all depends upon the ‘hypnotherapist’ whether he uses ‘hypnotherapy’ for the well being of humanity or other wise. I am also of the firm opinion that ‘jinns’ do exist and can influence humans but at the same time my humble opinion is that ‘jinns’ are nothing do with ‘hypnotherapy’. ALLAAH KNOWS THE BEST.
My suppostive arguments are as follows:
Therapy, in the medical field, it is synonymous with the word “treatment”.
Types of therapies
There are more than hundred types of therapies which are classified according to the method of treatment. A few of them are as follows;
By energy e.g. electromagnetic therapy, radiation therapy (using gamma rays) etc.
By human interaction e.g. psychotherapy and or hypnotherapy etc.
By exercise e.g. physiotherapy etc.
By occupational therapy e.g. massage therapy or acupuncture etc.
By meditation, etc.
Hypnotherapy – in which Hypnosis is used as therapeutic procedure - is widely accepted for the treatment of anxiety, sub clinical depression, and certain habit disorders, as well as in the treatment of conditions such as insomnia and addiction.
According to the Birtish Psychological Society (BPS), “Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium.”
The BPS provided an overview of some of the most important contemporary research on the efficacy of clinical hypnotherapy, which is summarized as follows:
- “There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth.”
- “Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures.”
- “Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods.”
- “There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints that fall under the heading 'psychosomatic illness.” These include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives].
- “There is evidence from several studies that its [hypnosis’] inclusion in a weight reduction program may significantly enhance outcome.”