Scientific Research on Hypnosis

I absolutely consider hypnotherapy to be one of the most fascinating therapies we have today. I have been doing years of research about this treatment as one of my preferred modalities due to the high success rates I have personally experienced with clients and the fact it works whilst you are relaxed whilst being completely non invasive. Better evidence exists now supporting the use of hypnosis to relieve discomfort associated with pain and illness.

My deep appreciation and research begun once I learned about the history of hypnotherapy, it also made me question why this ancient knowledge was almost lost yet endured the test of time.

Starting with the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, to the practices of Franz Mesmer in the 1770s and through James Braid’s scientific research in the 1840s, the advances and contributions made by the earliest practitioners of this field as it fought for recognition within the medical community and its evolution into the 20th Century.

In the modern scientific world there is a very strong support for hypnosis as a treatment modality, and this is further supported by; Clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of hypnosis treatments, in addition to advances in basic research in the neuroscience of hypnosis. There was a consensus agreement by the symposium participants that there have been important developments in our understanding of the efficacy of hypnosis for treating a variety of clinical conditions. This research has been summarized in a number of influential systematic reviews, which show the strongest empirical support (to date) for the use of hypnosis treatments for pain (Patterson and Jensen 2003; Hammond 2007; Tome-Pires and Miro 2012), irritable bowel syndrome (Schaefert et al. 2014), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms (Rotaru and Rusu 2016).

In addition, research indicates that hypnosis and hypnotic techniques can be combined with nonhypnotic treatments to enhance the efficacy of the latter (Kirsch et al. 1995; Jensen et al. 2011). We anticipate that future research will aim to integrate clinical and basic science results to further strengthen the application of hypnosis in clinical contexts and study the mechanistic basis of therapeutic suggestions. (referenced from article;

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