Does Hypnotherapy Work? This information is offered to Phoenix Valley residents who either need confirmation that hypnotherapy works,
or are skeptical that it works.
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.
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.
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
Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.
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
often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic
--Scientific American, June 2001
With weight loss the evidence is
conclusive, hypnosis does help people reduce.
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
--Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School
of Medicine, Jane Pauley show, September 2004
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
--Dr. Carol Ginandes, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard
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
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
--Good Morning America, September 17,
Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and
anxiety associated with them.
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.