Recent articles describing the benefits of hypnotherapy:
News , February 25, 2006
Harvey Mackay "Outswimming
the Sharks" excerpt
"Stanford University researchers have reached
a startling conclusion: What we use as conscious brain energy is as
little as 6 percent of our overall brain capacity! That figure
can rise to 17 percent when you factor in what occurs within the subconscious
brain. Stanford offers expert this simplified explanation: the
conscious brain is the processing center for new information, while
the subconscious brain is responsible for memories, bits emotions and
Post , May 21, 2001
"Taking the hype out of hypnosis"
"[Name] had been trying to stop smoking for
10 years.... When she left [the hypnotherapist's office] later,
she had one thought: 'Well, that was a waste....'
Eighteen months and no cigarettes later, the
Bailey woman thinks different: 'Now I think it's the best investment
I ever made, and wish I had done it 10 years ago.'
"[Hypnosis] has proven effective in psychotherapy,
pain management, recovery from surgery, attention deficit disorder,
stress reduction a n d eliminating habits like smoking or overeating.
"'This is not something marginal, fringy or
anything of that sort,' says Etzel Cardena, president of the American
Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Hypnosis. 'There's
a lot of evidence supporting the efficacy of hypnosis both in psychology
"...[however] the American Psychological Association
hold[s] that training in hypnosis alone is not sufficient to treat clients.
Rather, they say, hypnosis should be used as a therapeutic adjunct solely
by professionals already licensed in fields like medicine, psychology,
social work and dentistry.
"...[Unlicensed, non-clinical] hypnotherapists
who practice independently aren't universally accepted. 'They
may know technique,' psychologist Cardena says. 'But would you
want to go to a physician who has been trained, for example, in taking
out your appendix, but otherwise has no training abut anatomy, physiology,
"Arreed Barabasz goes farther than that.
President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and
a Washington State University psychology professor, Barabasz has no
question about the therapeutic value of hypnosis.
"But hypnotherapy training alone isn't sufficient
to treat even what appear to be straightforward problems, he says.
For example, smoking and over-eating often are tied to less obvious
issues, 'and if you weren't trained in psychology, you would miss that
"So we have [non-clinical, unlicensed] people
who are winding up treating...psychological disorders with a technique
that can open up all sorts of problems.'"
Times , December 23, 2002
"Mind over indigestion seems to
work for many"
"Hypnosis has been so effective in treating
irritable bowel syndrome that British researchers recently tested its
usefulness for chronic indigestion.
"More than 100 people at the Wythenshawe Hospital
in Manchester, England, were assigned to receive 12 30-minute sessions
of either hypnotherapy, supportive therapy and a placebo medication,
or medication (rantidine twice a day) over 16 weeks.
"In the short term, hypnotherapy had a slight
edge over the other treatments: Symptoms improved 59% on average compared
with 49% improvement in both the supportive therapy and drug treatment
group. But a year later, symptoms had not only improved 73% o
n average, compared with 34% with supportive therapy and 43% with medication,
but none of those who had gone through the hypnosis program was taking
medication to control symptoms, while 82% o f patients in the supportive
group had t o begin other treatment.
"Although physicians are not certain how hypnotherapy
works on the gastrointestinal tract, evidence that it is effective is
'cumulative and consistent' says an editorial accompanying the study
in the December issue of Gastroenterology [see below]."
December 2002 • Volume 123 • Number
Editorials: The growing case for hypnosis
as adjunctive therapy for functional gastrointestinal disorders
evidence for efficacy of hypnotherapy for these disorders seems to warrant
serious consideration of its use as a regular adjunct in primary care
and gastroenterology treatment of patients with FD [functional dyspepsia]
and IBS [irritable bowel syndrome]."
New York Times , October
"Vital Signs: Therapies:
Hypnosis: A Hit in the Gut" excerpts
suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, a painful disorder that does
not generally respond well to conventional treatments, have found relief
through hypnotherapy. Now British researchers say the benefits
can last five years or.... 'This study confirms that the benefits
of HT are long lasting, with continued improvement....'"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ,
January 20, 2004-2008
"Healthy Living: The skinny
on hypnosis: Techniques gives hope when diets falter" excerpts
|"Long accepted as a way
to quit cigarettes, hypnosis also is being used for weight control,
pain management, postoperative recovery, test anxiety and athletic
"Hypnosis itself is also entering a
boom period, says Marc Oster, president of the American Society
of Clinical Hypnosis, whose organization represents 2,500 health
professionals. Some nurses now put patients in a light
trance to help them remain calm during claustrophobia-inducing
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, exams, reducing the error
rate to near zero. Physical therapists can even use posthypnotic
suggestion to improve compliance when they, for example, teach
a client how to avoid aggravating a back injury.
"In 1958, the American Medical Association
certified hypnosis as a legitimate tool for treatment, though
few doctors used it. And in the past decade, a handful of studies
have demonstrated its efficacy.
"For example, a study published four
years ago in the British medical journal Lancet concluded
that subjects using self-hypnosis required less analgesia during
recovery from renal and vascular surgery and experienced less
pain and anxiety.
"Sessions with a hypnotherapist might
cost $150, costs that are usually not covered by insurance programs
[but can be tax-deductible.]."
Consumer Reports on Health , February 2004-2008
clinical studies suggest that hypnosis--a form of deeply imagining desired
results--can indeed help motivated people accomplish...goals.
pain and speed recovery. A June 2002 meta-analysis in the journal
Anesthesia and Analgesia evaluated the results of 20 studies....
Hypnotized patients had less pain, less use of pain medication,
and faster recovery time....
loss. Studies have consistently shown that adding hypnosis to
cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction increases the chances
of short-term success. Over as many as 48 months, hypnotized patients
lost more than double the amount of weight that patients lost in a program
without a hypnosis component."
may help you lose twice as much weight. In a recent study, hypnotized
patients lost more than double the amount of weight that patients
lost in a weight-loss program without a hypnosis component."
Better Homes and Gardens ,
"The Fresh Face of Hypnosis: An Old Practice Finds
New Uses" excerpts
hypnosis--or hypnotherapy--is becoming a respected alternative for an
array of conditions. It has long been used to help people quit
smoking and overcome fears, such as the fear of public speaking, but
now the practice is branching out into new areas.
vast majority of people, hypnosis can be an invaluable tool,' say Dr.
Ran D. Anbar, who uses it in his practice as a pediatric pulmonologist
at State University of New York's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
he helps many children control their allergies and asthma through hypnotherapy.
He does so, in part, by training them in self-hypnosis techniques.
'One of the beauties of hypnosis is that it's easy to teach, it can
often work quickly and, for most people, it is a positive addition to
their treatment,' Anbar says.
and hypnotherapists use it for such conditions as chronic
pain, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, insomnia, and migraine
headaches--afflictions that modern medicine struggles to treat effectively.
These types of disorders often have a strong mental component, says
Anbar, which plays into the strengths of hypnosis. 'It's exactly
the patient who doesn't respond to medical therapy who is likely to
respond to hypnotherapy,' he says.
effectiveness lies in the complex connection between the mind and the
body. It's well-understood today that illness can affect your
emotional state and, conversely, that your emotional state can affect
your physical state. Two examples: Stress, an emotional reaction,
can make heart disease worse, and heart disease, a physical condition,
can cause depression.
carries this connection to the next logical step by using the power
of the mind to bring about change in the body. ...researchers
at Virginia Polytechnic Institute found that during a hypnotic state
aimed at bringing about pain control, the prefrontal cortex of the brain
(which controls concentration) directed other areas of the brain to
reduce or eliminate their awareness of pain.
important, because if your brain doesn't pay attention to pain, it doesn't
matter if it's there or not. Some people see great success with
hypnosis and some don't. And it's impossible to know who will
find relief from it without actually trying it.
"In a small
study last year, [Carol Ginandes, PhD of Harvard Medical School found]
those who had undergone hypnosis healed faster, felt less discomfort,
and had fewer complications. 'What's exciting about this research
is that it provides promising evidence of using hypnosis to actually
accelerate the physical healing process of the body,' says Ginandes.
"Despite is usefulness, most physicians
know very little about hypnosis and few medical schools teach it--even
though the American Medical Association has approved of its use since
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