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Hypnosis Works

Does Hypnotherapy Work? 

This  information is offered to Phoenix Valley residents who either need confirmation that hypnotherapy works, or are skeptical that it works.

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, January 2005

Hypnosis can help. A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain.
--Newsweek, September 2004

Decades of research have shown that 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.
--Dr. Patrick Massey, Daily Herald, October 25, 2014
Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.
--Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain in Oprah Magazine, August 2004

In a study published in the scientific journal "Sleep," researchers demonstrated that hypnosis has a positive impact on the quality of sleep, to a surprising extent. 
"It opens up new, promising opportunities for improving the quality of sleep without drugs."
--Bjorn Rasch, biopsychologist, Psychological Institute University of Zurich 2014
Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses.
--Scientific American, June 2001
With weight loss the evidence is conclusive, hypnosis does help people reduce.
--Smithsonian Magazine, March 1999

Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally-occurring state of concentration; it's actually a means of enhancing your control over your mind and your body.
--Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Jane Pauley show, September 2004

In hypnosis, you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes.
--Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institutes of Health, New York Times, June 2004

Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance. 
Applications include treatment of phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches and high blood pressure.
--Dr. Carol Ginandes, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University Gazette

Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain; depression; anxiety and phobias; gastrointestinal disorders; skin conditions; post-surgical recovery; 
relief from nausea and vomiting; and many other conditions.
--"Hypnosis Today: Looking Beyond the Media Portrayal," American Psychological Association, 2015

The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well being.
--The Mayo Clinic, December 2003

In a study of 208 patients who had received hypnotherapy, 85% of those who had been helped by hypnosis still felt the benefits of the treatment up to seven years later.
--"Hypnosis Provides Effective Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome," Science Daily, April 2, 2012

Hypnosis can have numerous other applications besides weight loss. For instance, athletes turn to hypnosis at times to improve their performance. 
Clinicians have been known to use it as therapy for victims of incest, rape and physical abuse. Hypnosis can also treat sleep disorders, migraines, anxieties, ulcers, nausea and depression.
--Good Morning America, September 17, 2005

Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them.
--Psychology Today, September 1996

Therapists with solid training should feel comfortable using hypnosis in the treatment of PTSD whenever it is warranted. . . . 
Case reports consistently suggest that hypnosis can be very helpful in the treatment of patients with PTSD.
--Etzel Cardena et. al., Chairperson, Department of Psychology Lund University in "Effective Treatments for PTSD: 
Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies" 2nd Edition 2008.