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In The Media:

Weight Loss-

“Clients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t.” (description of average result of 18 studies done in the mid-nineties.)  - Oprah Magazine, August, 2004.

“Both hypnosis groups lost an average of 17 pounds in 6 months. The control group gained half a pound.”   - "Hypnotherapy in Weight Loss Treatment," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986.

“Hypnosis can actually cause you to lose weight.”    - Harvard Medical School Psychotherapist, Jean Fain, Oprah Magazine, August, 2004.

“With weight loss the evidence is conclusive…hypnosis does help people reduce.”  -Smithsonian Magazine, March, 1999.


“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.”   -New Scientist, October, 1992

Pain and Accelerated Healing-

“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 (Annapolis, Maryland), April, 2004

“…doctors at the University of Washington’s regional burn center in Seattle regularly use it (hypnosis) to help patients deal with excruciating pain…”   -The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2003.

“…hypnosis is effective in alleviating chronic pain associated with various cancers.”  -National Institute of Health, October, 1995.

“Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever.”  -Consumer Reports, January, 2005.

"Other researchers, who used hypnosis to ease pain, found reduced blood flow to brain areas involved in sensation processing. And when patients are told that their pain won't bother them, blood flow declines in those regions that focus attention."  Consumer Reports, "Can Hypnosis Ease Your Pain?" September, 2009.

Two Studies by Carol Ginandes, a Harvard psychologist at Mclean Hospital in Boston, show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal:

Study 1: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing. (41% faster healing)

Study 2: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed “significantly faster” than supportive attention group and control group. 
-Harvard University Gazette Online

Pre- and Post-surgery-

“Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York showed that a 15 minute hypnosis session reduced side effects including pain, nausea, and emotional distress in patients undergoing breast cancer operations…Two hundred women…participated in the study…After their surgeries, the women who had hypnosis experienced less pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset than their counterparts and these differences were substantial, the study’s authors reported. Not only did hypnosis reduce the side effects from surgery, but it also did this while reducing the amount of anesthesia used during surgery…hypnosis reduced the amount of time in the operating room by almost 11 minutes, leading to an overall cost savings of about $770 per patient.”  -ABC News, August 28, 2007.

Chronic Health Problems-

“David Spiegel, M.D., a psychiatry professor at Stanford University…has found that the approach (hypnotherapy) can help some terminally ill patients live longer and more comfortably…those who learned self-hypnosis techniques had 50 % less pain than women who received standard medical care-and lived, on average, 1 ½ years longer."   -Prevention Magazine, February, 2007.

“We have found that IBS patients treated with hypnotherapy remain well in the long term, with dramatically reduced medication needs.”   -Researchers at the University of Manchester reported by The Independent, January 30, 2007.

“Hypnosis might be the most effective tool for relaxation and soothing symptoms (of IBS).”-Olafur Palsson, Psy.D, Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He goes on to say, “the response rate to hypnosis (for IBS) is 80 % or better.”  -reported in Natural Health, Novemer, 2005

“…a dozen studies have found that self-hypnosis effectively reduces migraine attacks in children and adolescents.”    -Consumer Reports, February, 1993.


“... women taught self-hypnosis reduced their need for analgesia by half, epidurals by 70%, and were more than twice as likely to be satisfied with their pain management during labor compared to other women.” Research at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Adelaid.  -reported by The Independent, January 30, 2007.

“Children born to hypnotized mothers scored higher on Apgar tests (a measure of health) and the mothers were less prone to post partum depression…those who have previously given birth without hypnosis tell doctors that it makes labor a more pleasant experience.”   -Australian Study reported in Prevention Magazine, February, 2006

“Hypnosis offers much, much greater pain control than Lamaze.  Many women using this method during active labor rate their pain as about a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 being the highest amount of pain imaginable.  Hypnosis during childbirth also significantly reduces suffering, the emotional component of pain.”   -Shelley Black, CHt., Hypnosis for Childbirth Instructor and Clinical Hypnotherapist in Albuquerque, NM. 


Journal of Applied Psychology, “How One in Five Give Up Smoking,” October 10, 1992.

The Wall Street Journal, “Major Hospitals Use Trances for…Fractures, Cancer, and Burns, Speeding Surgery Recoveries”   October 7, 2003.

ABC News, “Hypnosis Reduces Breast Surgery Side Effects-Pain, Nausea, and Other side Effects Mitigated by Pre-Surgery Sessions, Study Shows” by Susan Kansagra, M.D., August. 28, 2007.

Ode Magazine Online, “Replacing Pain Killers with Hypnosis”   December, 2008.
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New York Times, “The Possibilities in Hypnosis, Where the Patient Has the Power”  November,  2008.

New York Times, “Let the Mind Tame an Irritable Bowel”  September, 2008.

Prevention, “The Healing Power of Hypnosis”  September, 2006.
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Yale University School of Medicine, “Hypnosis Reduces Preoperative Surgical Anxiety,” December, 2008.

CNN, May 2004, Swedish researchers recommend hypnotherapy as first treatment of choice for colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

The Independent, “Hypnotism, It’s All In The Mind,” January 30, 2007.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP News) Mind-Body Connection, “Hypnotherapy offers another tool pediatricians can add to their arsenal to treat conditions ranging from nail biting to severe asthma” by Lori O’Keefe, Correspondent.
This article includes quotes by one of my instructors at The Hypnotherapy Academy of America, Dr. Robert Sapien, pediatric physician and hypnotherapist at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.



Disclaimer: Before seeking hypnotherapy for medical conditions it is imperative that you see your medical practitioner first for a proper diagnosis.  The hypnotherapy services provided by Center of the Universe Hypnotherapy do not constitute the practice of medicine. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, but is complementary to conventional medicine.  If you have mental disabilities or a mental illness, please seek psychiatric care.

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