Efficacy of Hypnosis

Quotes about the Efficacy of Hypnosis…

It is one thing for me to address the merits of hypnosis.  However, on this page I choose for you to hear from sources such as Mayo Clinic, the National Institues of Health, the Chair of Psychiatry in Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and Harvard University.

“In hypnosis, you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes.”
Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institutes of Health

 “…hypnosis is not mind control.  It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.”
Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine

“Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.”
Harvard Medical School Psychotherapist Jean Fain

“The technique has been accepted by the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.”
Martin Orne, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Newsweek


“The 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

“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

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

“Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them…”
Psychology Today

“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, MD)

“It is employed today to combat phobias, control bad habits, and enhance performance.”
Smithsonian Magazine

“Researchers at Harvard University have found it diminishes the need for anesthesia during invasive procedures such as angioplasty and breast reconstruction and speeds post-operative healing.”
Business Week

“…hypnosis is effective in alleviating chronic pain associated with various cancers.  Hypnosis can also be a part of the treatment program for irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory conditions of the mouth, TMJ disorders, and tension headaches, the panel concluded.”
National Institutes of Health

“…in the past few decades the phenomenon has enjoyed an increasing amount of scientific interest, as well as widespread clinical application for an array of medical and psychological purposes, from removing warts to retrieving memories long buried in the unconscious.”
Psychology Today

“Six weeks after the fracture, the hypnosis group healed to an extent that would normally take 8 ½ weeks.”
Harvard Magazine

“…one-way analyses showed the hypnosis group to be significantly more healed than the usual care controls.  Results of this preliminary trial indicate that use of a targeted hypnotic intervention can accelerate postoperative wound healing and suggest that further tests of using hypnosis to augment physical healing are warranted.”
Results of a clinical trial, Department of Psychology, 
Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital

“People who were hypnotized while undergoing surgery without a general anesthetic needed less pain medication, left the operating room sooner and had more stable vital signs than those who were not, according to a study in this week’s issue of The Lancet Medical Journal.”
Associated Press

“Studies reported in 1986 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology showed hypnosis to be an effective tool in losing weight and keeping it off.”
Cox News Service

Why does it work?  “Because the patients are in an altered state, solely focused on the message, soaking it up, rather than in a psychological mode in which they can trivialize or ignore it,”
Dr. David Spiegel, 
Psychiatry Professor and Medical Director 
Complementary Medicine Clinic at Stanford University
Washingtonian