SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON HYPNOSIS

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IBS (Irritable bowel syndromE)

Powerful and fascinating results over 30 years worth of studies on hypnotherapy and its efficacy with digestive disorders. 24 of the studies have tested hypnotherapy for adult IBS and 5 of them focused on IBS in children. All IBS hypnotherapy studies have reported significant improvement in symptom and found superior outcomes for hypnosis compared to control groups.

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71% of patients initially responded to hypnotherapy. Of these, 81% maintained their improvement over time while the majority of the remaining 19% claimed that deterioration of symptoms had only been slight

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SMOKING CESSATION

This study showed that smokers who participated in just one hypnotherapy session were more likely to still be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy alone or patients who went cold turkey.

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HEADACHES

This study concludes that hypnosis meets the criteria to be considered a well-established and effective treatment for headaches and migraines. Furthermore, hypnosis does not pose any side effects.

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WEIGHT LOSS

This study found that those who received hypnosis lost an average of 17lbs compared to an average of 0.5lbs in the control group.

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INSOMNIA

Data from this study showed that a particular hypnotic relaxation method was effective in helping subjects go to sleep more quickly. Stimulus control nor placebo groups recorded similar improvement.

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PERFORMANCE ANXIETY

This study describes a two-session hypnosis approach using relaxation, positive suggestion and success imagery. The subjects 40 second and third year music students studying at a music conservatoire who were paired on the basis of their Performance Anxiety Inventory scores. One member of each pair was allocated at random to an experimental group and the other to a control group. Further administrations of the PAI took place after conclusion of the two-session treatment and 6 months later. At the time of this follow-up, subjects completed an anecdotal report providing information on their performance over the previous 6 months. Results indicate that the method is effective to assist performers in reducing stage fright.

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CHRONIC PAIN

Findings from clinical trials show that hypnotic treatments have other positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has interesting effects on brain and spinal-cord function that change when specific hypnotic suggestions made, providing further evidence for the specific effects of hypnosis.

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