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Hypnosis Applications: According to the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis, 

"There are many uses of Hypnotherapy in Medicine and Psychotherapy. The following is a list of conditions/situations that have been successfully treated with hypnosis, according to documented case studies.

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn's Disease)

  • Anxiety and stress management: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Test Anxiety, Travel Anxiety (including finding unconscious factors involved in the cause.

  • Depression (with and without medications)

  • Dermatological Disorders (Eczema, Herpes, Neurodermatitis, Pruritus [itching], Psoriasis, Warts)

  • Surgery/Anesthesiology (in unusual circumstances where the usual chemical anesthesia is not recommended, or when the patient needs to be conscious during a procedure)

  • Pain (back pain, cancer pain, dental anesthesia, headaches and migraines, arthritis or rheumatism, injuries from motor vehicle accidents). Some maintain that hypnosis can “cure” the source of some of these painful conditions, but this has not been definitively demonstrated in the literature. There is good evidence that some people can use hypnosis to alleviate pain.

  • Sports and athletic performance enhancement. Hypnosis has been found effective by many athletes as a way to deal with improving concentration and alertness, improving adaptiveness in the incorporation of new techniques.

  • Smoking cessation. For some people hypnosis can be an effective sole agent, but for most, it will be part of a program used to assist in smoking cessation.

  • Weight control. This is another complex problem in which hypnosis can be one of the treatment choices.

  • Habit modification: nail biting, hair-pulling (trichotillomania), teeth grinding (bruxism)."

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" The British Psychological Society  has officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines."

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"Studies show that hypnosis can be effective in treating everything from chronic pain to poor study habits. Chances are it will work for you."
—Psychology Today, 9/01

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"It's hard to find a field that hasn't used hypnosis successfully, everything from quitting smoking to IBS."
—Good Morning America, 9/10

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"There's entrancing news about hypnosis; it's gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder. Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology…Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders..."
—Business Week, 2/04

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"A comparison study reported in 2007 by American Health Magazine indicates some psychological issues benefit more from hypnotherapy than psychoanalysis and behavior therapy.The report went on to say hypnotherapy is beneficial for a wide range of issues encountered in medicine, psychology and psychiatry. " http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/steps-authentic-happiness-positive-psychology/2013/may/2/does-hypnotherapy-work-science-says-yes/

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"With our increasing medical and psychological sophistication, however, we realize that more and more, if not all, diseases have some psychological components. The field of psychosomatic medicine is especially fascinating because it directly opens theoretical doors to issues concerning the relationship of the body to the mind."  Hypnosis in Psychosomatic Medicine, Gérard V. Sunnen, M.D.

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Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free

"Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts." Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

"Hypnosis treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders". Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004

"Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available." The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.
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The Benefits of Hypnosis in Treating Asthma

"Over the past 30 years of medical research, the answer is a resounding "yes." Decades of research have shown that various mind-body therapies, relaxation approaches and hypnosis can have a profound effect on the severity of asthma and medication use in children. These benefits can be immediate, are lasting and, unlike medications, have no significant side effects."  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141025/entlife/141029165/

"Hypnotherapy helps adults and children suffering from asthma, ease their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Children respond very positively to using hypnosis to treat asthma." Asthma Statistics. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Retrieved on May 8, 2009:http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/media_kit/asthma_statistics.stm

"Over a six year period, 173 successive patients suffering from asthma were treated using self-hypnosis, 82% were either much improved or experienced total remission of symptoms." Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1970, ‘Hypnosis and autohypnosis for the treatment of asthma’, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. 18: 1 -14)

"Although uncontested explanations for the effectiveness of hypnosis in asthma are lacking, clinically and pragmatically, hypnosis has had clear success in this disorder."  Hypnosis in Psychosomatic Medicine, Gérard V. Sunnen, M.D.

"A ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘Randomised trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in treating asthma" [...]‘Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349

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These 10 alternative cancer treatments have shown some promise in helping people with cancer.

"Hypnosis may be helpful for people with cancer who are experiencing anxiety, pain and stress. It may also help prevent anticipatory nausea and vomiting that can occur if chemotherapy has made you sick in the past. When performed by a certified therapist, hypnosis is safe"

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Dermatological conditions

"The relationship of emotions to skin health and distress is well known. This clear and, in some patients, very direct pathway from the mind to the skin can be illustrated by the production, through suggestion during the hypnotic trance, of erythema, blisters, and urticaria. The literature also contains numerous studies dealing with the hypnotically induced disappearance of warts. Experimental evidence suggests that skin resistance to noxious stimuli--such as heat or irritants--may be intensified through hypnotic suggestion, or decreased, with greater vulnerability. Besides its applications in the treatment of warts and burns, hypnosis has found usefulness in conditions such as ichthyosis, atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, and acne rosea." Scott MJ: Hypnosis in Skin and Allergic Diseases. Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas, 1960.

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Effectiveness of hypnotherapy with cancer patients' trajectory:

"Clinical hypnosis in cancer settings provides symptom reduction (pain and anxiety) and empowers patients to take an active role in their treatments and procedures." - Néron S, Stephenson R.  

"Hypnotherapy for the management of chronic pain has been demonstrated to provide relief for the symptoms of pain in cancer, arthritis, sickle cell disease, temporomandibular disorder, and fibromyalgia. Hypnosis has demonstrated positive outcomes for the reduction of chronic and procedural-related pain in oncology....However, the existing evidence from all clinical research supports inclusion of clinical hypnosis as an effective adjunct therapy in the palliative cancer treatment milieu, and therefore hypnosis should be considered for patients with cancer on a case-by-case basis."- Clinical Hypnosis for the Palliative Care of Cancer Patients

"National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel Report considered hypnosis as a viable and effective solution to treat pain associated with cancer and many other chronic pain conditions. These findings are supported by the results of
Montgomery, DuHamel, and Redd's meta-analytic review, which found that 75% of the people experienced pain reduction due to hypnosis" Using Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

"Clinical study results support cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis as an evidence-based complementary intervention to control fatigue in patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer," said Montgomery. "Cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis works to reduce fatigue for patients who have few other treatment options. It is also noninvasive, has no adverse side effects, and its beneficial effects persist long after the last intervention."   Journal of Clinical Oncology - 2014

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Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms

"Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and post traumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described." The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA. 

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Hypnosis proven effective for treating Insomnia

Evidence shows that Hypnosis can help with sleep troubles. William S. Kroger M.D. states in his 2007 book 'Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis: "Hypnosis effects improvement in acute cases of insomnia. Often a single session is effective in restoring a sleep cycle, particularly if self-hypnosis is taught on the initial visit." Some research suggests that self-hypnosis improves sleep by redirecting patients' attention away from anxiety, producing thoughts that promote relaxation and is effective for treating insomnia. (Vickers & Zollman, 'Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349).

"Hypnosis is a technique that can impact processes that are difficult to voluntarily control - for example, when you are exhausted and want to sleep but are unable to do so. The researchers found that slow-wave sleep increased by 80% after hypnotic suggestions." MNT - Slow-wave sleep improved with hypnosis. June 2014

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Hypnosis Provides Effective Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

"Hypnosis can be a highly effective treatment for the bowel disorder IBS. Studies involving a total of 346 patients conducted by researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, showed that hypnotherapy alleviated symptoms in 40 per cent of those affected -- and that the improvement is long-term."  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402124446.htm

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Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Acute and Chronic Pain

"Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institutes of Health." —The Capital, 4/04

"This paper provides an updated review of the literature on the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of head-aches and migraines, concluding that it meets the clinical psychology research criteria for being a well-established and efficacious treatment and is virtually free of the side effects, risks of adverse reactions, and ongoing expense associated with medication treatments." Clinical Hypnosis and Headache Review Dr. CORYDON HAMMOND

"The findings indicate that hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems. Also, hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education."  Hypnotherapy for the management of chronic pain. Elkins G1, Jensen MP, Patterson DR.

"Hypno-analgesia is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals, and to save them money in surgical procedures. Hypnotic analgesia has been used successfully in a number of interventions in many clinics, hospitals, and burn care centers, and dental offices. For acute pain, it has proven effective in interventional radiology, various surgical procedures (e.g., appendectomies, tumor excisions), the treatment of burns (dressing changes and the painful removal of dead or contaminated skin tissue), child-birth labor pain, bone marrow aspiration pain, and pain related to dental work, especially so with children. Chronic pain conditions for which hypnosis has been used successfully include, among others, headache, backache, fibromyalgia, carcinoma-related pain, temporal mandibular disorder pain, and mixed chronic pain. Hypnosis can alleviate the sensory and/or affective components of a pain experience, which may be all that is required for acute pain. Chronic conditions, however, may require a comprehensive plan that targets various aspects besides the pain experience." - American Psychological Association, July 2, 2004

"Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever. Hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds." — Consumer Reports, 1/05

"Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness. The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest. The cerebral blood-flow was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and subcallosial cingulate cortices, the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally in the cingulate cortex. The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and subcortical brain dynamics." Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

"Hypnosis can be an effective tool for relieving pain, even the extreme pain associated with burn wound debridement," says David R. Patterson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University Washington, Seattle.

"Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment." Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

"Following an extensive review of the existing literature on hypnotherapy, a special committee commissioned by the British Medical Association formally concludede that: ‘In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour.’ (BMA, ‘Medical use of hypnotism’, BMJ, 1955, vol. I, 190-193)

"A ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘Randomized controlled trials support the use of various hypnosis and relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain," (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)

"The patients who underwent placebo arthroscopic surgery were just as likely to report pain relief as those who underwent the real thing."    Fake knee op 'as good as surgery - BBC News

"Spine Surgery Found No Better Than Placebo"..."the first two studies to rigorously examine the effect of the procedure, known as vertebroplasty, researchers found no detectable benefit when compared with a placebo group of patients who received a sham procedure that only mimicked the real thing."  The Wall Street Journal New-York

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Relieve pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia

 Studies  conducted showed that among many other forms of treatment, hypnosis therapy has been proven to help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia and increase quality of life.  Natural-News

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Healed 41% faster from fracture, Healed significantly faster from surgery

"Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.

Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed "significantly faster" than supportive attention group and control group. Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette Online at"  http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/05.08/01-hypnosis.html

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Curing phobias, fears and anxiety with hypnosis

"Following an extensive review of the existing literature on hypnotherapy, the British Medical Association concluded that hypnotherapy was not only effective but may be ‘the treatment of choice’ in dealing with anxiety (‘psychoneurosis’) and stress-related (‘psycho-somatic’) disorders: ‘The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behaviour." […]‘ (BMA, ‘Medical use of hypnotism’, BMJ, 1955, vol. I, 190-193)

"A recent ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety [...]‘, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia." (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)

"Hypnotherapy helps you overcome phobias by reprogramming your mind’s reaction to the trigger. Techniques used by hypnotherapists may vary for each client, because individuals vary, and a good hypnotherapist should be comfortable with a large number of techniques and approaches. The sessions will generally include a desensitization hierarchy, and training in self-relaxation techniques."

http://www.edgemagazine.net/2010/05/curing-phobias-fears-and-anxiety-with-hypnosis/

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Severe hot flashes treatment

"Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that hypnosis could be an effective treatment for severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women." - Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin

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Smoking Cessation

There is a large amount of research evidence on the effectiveness of Stop Smoking using hypnosis. Here is some of that evidence.

90.6% success rate for smoking cessation using hypnosis
Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
Reference: University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% reported abstinence from tobacco use with hypnosis
A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.
Reference: Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

81% reported they had stopped smoking after hypnosis.
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months posttreatment. Most patients (95%) were satisfied with the treatment they received.

Reference: Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81.  Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis patients twice as likely to remain smoke-free after two years
Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.
Reference: Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis proves 3 times more effective than patch and 15 times more effective than willpower.
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

Reference: University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)


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    Other published scientific studies on hypnotherapy effectivenessOther:

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Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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