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How do you view hypnotherapy?

Unless you know what hypnotherapy is, it can be perceived in one of two ways and funnily enough, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum from each other.

You either think it’s a load of rubbish and doesn’t work or you think it works so well that you lose complete control and can be made to dance around like a chicken!

Neither of these is right.

I could spend time trying to convince you that it works but that you still have complete dominion over yourself or, I can let the studies do the talking for me.

Meta-Analysis of Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management:

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that hypnosis is effective in reducing pain intensity in individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. It concluded that hypnosis could be a valuable adjunctive treatment for chronic pain management (Jensen, M. P., et al., 2011).

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation:

Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that hypnosis was more effective than other smoking cessation methods, including nicotine replacement therapy, in helping smokers quit long-term (Carmody, T. P., & Duncan, C., 2008).

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Stress Reduction:

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in reducing anxiety and stress levels among participants. The study showed significant improvements in anxiety scores following hypnotherapy sessions (Yapko, M. D., 2001).

Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

Research published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology found that hypnotherapy significantly improved IBS symptoms, including abdominal pain and bloating, in a majority of participants. The study concluded that hypnotherapy is a valuable treatment option for IBS (Gonsalkorale, W. M., et al., 2002).

A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatment for weight loss resulted in significantly greater weight loss compared to cognitive-behavioral treatment alone. Participants in the hypnosis group also maintained their weight loss better over time (Kirsch, I., et al., 1996).

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