Facts & Myths About Hypnosis
While hypnosis has gained popularity in recent years, its use goes back farther than you might think.  Hypnosis has been dated back to ancient Egypt where it was used for greater understanding of human mind, and theraputic practices. In the early 1800s hypnosis has been used as a form of anesthesia, known as hypnoanesthesia.  The work of Franz Mesmer, amongst others, can be seen as the first flourish of the “scientific” viewpoint of hypnosis. Mesmer was the first to propose a rational basis for the effects of hypnosis. Mesmer was also the first to develop a consistent method for hypnosis, which was passed on to and developed by his followers.  In 20th Century, all the most significant breakthroughs about hypnosis took place.  This was largely due to the work of therapists such as Milton H. Erickson.  Since then hypnosis is regarded as a tool for easing psychological distress and bringing about profound change in a variety of situations.

The American Medical Association and American Psychological Association recognized and approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical as a valid medical treatment in 1958 . Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.  And research continues to show that hypnosis is very effective in addressing medical, dental, psycological, and even spiritual issues.
Myths About Hypnosis
Myths About Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy
The media and the entertainment industry have been a major contributor to a wide misunderstanding about the true nature of hypnosis. People often fear that once hypnotized, they will lose control, be dominated, and be under the "spell" of the hypnotist.  Although you may see that in stage acts which are solely for entertaniment purposes, it is far from the truth. Unfortunatley, stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis and its benefits, which in turn discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.  
Hypnotherapy sessions are conducted in a therapeutic process and each individual is an active participant in the therapy. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind, and with the help of a certified professional, and combined with effective suggestions, the individual can achieve desired changes.
"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." ~Wayne Dyer