|In the Media and Resources
In The Media:
“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,
“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,
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
“…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.
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
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. http://www.hypnosis.edu//articles/trances.asp
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,
Ode Magazine Online, “Replacing
Pain Killers with Hypnosis” December, 2008.
To find the article go to www.OdeMagazine.com
and type in the name of the article in "search."
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.
To find the article go to www.Prevention.com
and type in the name of the article in the "keyword search" box on
the top left.
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
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.