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In 2001 The British Psychological Society commissioned a working group to write a formal report on hypnosis.

The remit given to the working group was: “to provide a considered statement about hypnosis and important issues concerning its application and practice in a range of contexts, notably for clinical purposes, forensic investigation, academic research, entertainment and training.”

The results are in: Hypnotherapy has Therapeutic Effectiveness:

“Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.”  (BPS, 2001)

“There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth”. (BPS, 2001)

“Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures.”
“Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods.” (BPS, 2001)

MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS WHO ADVOCATE THE USE OF HYPNOTHERAPY

Clinical hypnotherapy has been widely researched and endorsed by many medical authorities and used for a wide variety of medical, dental and psychotherapeutic uses. The consensus in the medical community is that hypnosis shortens treatment time and can provide invaluable relief when other treatments fail. Hypnosis is used and recommended by such prestigious and well-respected institutions as the AMA, ADA, NIH, Kaiser Permanente, and Stanford University Medical Center.

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA – Dr. Elvira Lang, M.D., has been using hypnosis for 13 years to provide pain-free breast biopsies and to calm patients, cutting treatment time and need for sedation
  • Harvard Medical University – Reported that hypnosis seems to block the nerve receptors, those that affect pain, anxiety and discomfort
  • Blue Shield of California, Medicare, Kaiser Permanente – Hypnosis sometimes covered by insurance
  • Stanford University Medical Center David Spiegel, M.D., – major researcher in medical uses of hypnosis, uses in cancer treatment to reduce nausea, pain and anxiety.
  • American Medical Association (AMA) – Approved the use of hypnosis in 1958
  • American Psychology Association (APA) – For help with PTSD, ADD-ADHD, phobias, panic attacks and grief
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) – In 1995, supported for treatment of chronic pain, side effects of oncology treatment, pediatric and elderly
  • University of Washington Harborview Burn Center, David Patterson, M.D. – Hypnosis works miracles in burn care, which requires pulling off bandages and scrubbing the burned skin.
  • American Dental Association (ADA) – For dental phobia, treatment pain, when anesthesia cannot be used
  • UCLA School of Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health – Dr. Bruce Naliboff, Ph.D. – Hypnosis is very helpful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

ARTICLES ON THE USE OF HYPNOSISHEALTH:

  1. Hypnosis gaining respect among doctors and patients  Excerpt by  MICHAEL WALDHOLZ – Wall Street Journal Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003 “Hypnosis, often misunderstood and almost always controversial, is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine. Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The new findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed recovery in a variety of illnesses.”
  2. Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain.
Excerpt from, David Noonan. Newsweek, Sept. 27 “Christina Bodie, 48, was driving with her parents seven years ago when her car was rear-ended. All three suffered whiplash and bruises. Long after the physical pain was gone, Christina would find herself clutching the wheel and hyperventilating. “I found driving very difficult, and would suffer panic attacks.” View…
  3. Clinical hypnosis can be used to treat depression – Medical News  Excerpt from Jun 1, 2004 – n.p. “Clinical hypnosis can be used to treat depression.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 1 Jun. 2004. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. “Dr Michael Yapko has, for the last thirty years, specialized in the treatment of depression with clinical hypnosis. In a climate where anti-depressant medication is still physicians’ first treatment choice, Dr. Yapko’s approach to clinical practice still represents cutting-edge work.“ View…
  4. BBC News – Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome Excerpt from Mar 18, 2010 – Use of hypnotherapy to ease irritable bowel syndrome could help patients and might save money, says an expert. “Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his patients treated, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10.” View…

RESEARCH ARTICLES ON THE MEDICAL USE OF HYPNOSIS

  1. Medical Hypnosis: An Underutilized Treatment Approach, Excerpt by, Brian Alman, Ph.D., Context: Use of hypnosis in medical practice has long been controversial, but recent developments in medical hypnosis–in particular, the understanding that the power of hypnosis resides mainly in the patient–have profound implications for treatment. View…
  2. Hypnosis and nonhypnotic techniques for reduction of pain and anxiety during painful procedures in children and adolescents with cancer.  Excerpt by Zeltzer L, LeBaron S., 1: J Pediatr. 1982 Dec;101(6):1032-5. “Abstract Hypnosis was compared with nonhypnotic behavioral techniques for efficacy in reducing pain and anxiety in 27 children and adolescents during bone marrow aspiration and in 22 children and adolescents during lumbar puncture” View…
  3. Group therapy and hypnosis reduce metastatic breast carcinoma pain, Excerpt by D Spiegel – 1983 “The pain and mood disturbance of 54 women with metastatic carcinoma of the breast were studied over the course of one year. A random sample was offered weekly group therapy during the year, with or without self-hypnosis training directed toward enhancing their competence at mastering pain and stress related to cancer. ” View…