BBC March 18,2010
Hypnotherapy 'can help' irritable bowel syndrome
Greater use of hypnotherapy to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would
help sufferers and might save money, says a gastroenterologist.
Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his
patients treated, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10. Read More
THERAPEUTIC GUIDED IMAGERY
Can Hypnosis Snuff Out a Smoker's Cigarette Habit?
New study finds hypnotism is an effective smoking-cessation technique
By Lindsay Chura
Web Posted: June 23, 2008
Smokers trying to quit sometimes use nicotine patches to fight their tobacco
dependence. But patches don't work for everyone. New research suggests that patches
might be made more effective if used in combination with hypnosis, just as they tend to
work better when used in conjunction with professional counseling. A recently
published study showed hypnotherapy to be as effective as standard behavioral
counseling when combined with nicotine patches in helping smokers to quit and stay off
cigarettes for one year.
"This study provides much-needed evidence that hypnosis is indeed a very helpful
treatment," says lead author Timothy Carmody.
During hypnotherapy, Carmody explained, patients are coaxed into a relaxed state and
then provided with a series of skills for coping with withdrawal symptoms and the urge
to smoke. Patients are given an audiotape of this training to reinforce these messages at
home, and over time it is hoped they will gain increased confidence in their ability to
stay off cigarettes for the long term.
Hypnotherapy is one of many alternative therapies gaining wider acceptance at some of
the nation's best hospitals and medical research institutes. The study, conducted at the
San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California-San Francisco, was
published in the May issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research. A total of 286 participants
were randomly divided and received either hypnosis or standard behavioral counseling
aimed at smoking cessation. During standard behavioral counseling, patient and
counselor discussed the dangers of smoking and the benefits of quitting. Participants in
both groups were seen for two 60-minute sessions and received three 20-minute follow-
up calls to reinforce the messages discussed in either the hypnosis or behavioral
counseling treatment sessions.
Hypnosis was particularly helpful for would-be quitters who reported a history of
depression. That finding suggests that smokers who have struggled with depression—or
perhaps with other psychiatric conditions, Carmody says—might someday receive
hypnosis as part of the quitting process.
Weight Management and Hypnosis
Successful weight management consists of three simple rules. Rules you probably
- Be in control of what you eat and drink.
- Make sure your water intake is adequate.
- Take every opportunity to put more movement, more physical motion, into
Dieting does not work as you probably already know. Healthy weight loss comes
from changing one’s lifestyle, and typically progresses at the rate of about one pound
per week. Higher rates of loss, more than three pounds per week, raise the
possibility of health complications.
Professional hypnosis can help you follow these rules. Hypnosis will assist you:
- By helping you remember them, so that you think of them and follow them at
the appropriate times.
- By re-framing any subconscious objections you might have to carrying them
- By raising the hormone alert in your brain that tells you when to stop eating
because you are full.
- By lowering the hormone alert in your brain that tells you when to eat.
- By enhancing your ability to heed the signals coming from your brain.
- By addressing secondary issues that may be leading you to eat improperly.
The weight management programs offered by reputable organizations such as
Weight Watchers, NutriSystem and others do work if you actually stick with them.
Hypnosis can help remain in compliance with formal programs such as these.
However establishing life long behavioral modifications release you from the need to
stay in these programs indefinitely. Without the associated behavior modification
weight management can prove to be unsuccessful once you are no longer in a formal
Keep in mind if you “lose weight” your subconscious will go looking for it believing it
needs to be “found”. With behavior modification your subconscious association will
be altered to recognize your healthy weight management and your resulting perfect
weight and body image.
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Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from
Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing
surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation
and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and
with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic
drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our
clinical experience and our fundamental research.
[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J,
Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d'Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de
Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.
Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity
Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant,
revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity
significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.
Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic
suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management.
1995; 10(6): 464-70.
Healing Recovery Significantly Faster With Hypnosis
- Healed 41% faster from fracture
- Healed significantly faster from surgery
Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces
the time it takes to heal.
Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group
showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.
Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery.
Hypnosis group healed "significantly faster" than supportive attention group
and control group.
Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of
Haanen HC, Hoenderdos HT, van Romunde LK, Hop WC, Mallee C, Terwiel JP, Hekster
GB. Department of Rheumatology, Sint Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein, The
In a controlled study, 40 patients with refractory fibromyalgia were randomly allocated
to treatment with either hypnotherapy or physical therapy for 12 weeks with followup at
24 weeks. Compared with the patients in the physical therapy group, the patients in the
hypnotherapy group showed a significantly better outcome with respect to their pain
experience, fatigue on awakening, sleep pattern and global assessment at 12 and 24 weeks,
but this was not reflected in an improvement of the total myalgic score measured by a
At baseline most patients in both groups had strong feelings of somatic and psychic
discomfort as measured by the Hopkins Symptom Checklist. These feelings showed a
significant decrease in patients treated by hypnotherapy compared with physical therapy,
but they remained abnormally strong in many cases. We conclude hypnotherapy may be
useful in relieving symptoms in patients with refractory fibromyalgia.
Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521