The Science Behind Hypnosis 2/2

Next one up, studies report positive results included statistically significant reductions in pain and anxiety distress, published in 2006 in a study entitled, "Hypnosis for the Procedural-Related Pain and Distress in Pediatric Cancer Patients." Next up, weight loss, hypnosis helped people lose weight in both the short-term and long-term. In other words, hypnosis helps people keep from regaining weight. This was in a study published in 1996 entitled, "Hypnotic Enhancement of Cognitive Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment" – another meta-reanalysis in the "Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychotherapy." More proof. Chemotherapy patients had less anticipatory and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. And feeling better is the first step in recovery. That was published in 2007 in a study entitled, "Hypnosis for Nausea and Vomiting in Cancer Chemotherapy." Next up, hypnosis controls pain. Hypnosis has direct effects on many sites involved in the experience of fa-, pain. Excuse me. Not "fame," although sometimes it can be painful, as is evident with a lot of these Hollywood stars that get addicted to all kinds of bad substances. That was published in 2009. The study was, "Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: A New Hope." Pain.

Next up, heart failure, patients reported symptom-related quality of life was improved when relaxation, meditation, and guided imagery strategies were used to manage symptoms. This was published in 2016, "A Symptomatic Review of Relaxation, Meditation, and Guided Imagery Strategies for Symptoms Management of Heart Failure," in the "Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing." Presently, there is moderate support for the integration of hypnotic techniques in the treatment of a number of medical problems. This critical review of the research, the literature focus on the imperial research on the effectiveness of hypnotic treatments as a junket to medical care for anxiety related to medical and dental procedures – asthma, dermatological diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, nausea, and other gynecological surgeries. This was published in 2000 in the study, "Imperial Findings on the Use of Hypnosis in Medicine: A Critical Review," in the "International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis."

This time-series study reports results of a six-session self-hypnosis treatment – relaxation, deepening, imagery, and home practice – for three HIV-positive men suffering from the later stages of HIV and HIV medications. Post-treatment in all three patients reported significant reductions in daily itch severity and extent of sleep disturbances due to itch. One patient also evidenced [sounds like] significantly less itch distress. Another also experienced significantly less time bothered by itch. For the two patients on which a full month follow-up data was available, treatment benefit across variables was stable or further improved. This was published in 2002 in, "The Effectiveness of Hypnosis in the Treatment in People with HIV/AIDS: A Time-Series Analysis Journal" in the "Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis."

Subjects with warts on their hands or feet were randomly assigned to a hypnotic suggestion – tropical acid or placebo, or no treatment-controlled condition whatsoever. Subjects in the three treatment groups developed equivalent expectations of treatment success. Nevertheless, at the 6-week follow-up interval, only the hypnotic subjects had lost significantly more warts than the non-treatment groups. This was published in 1990 in, "Effects of Hypnotic Placebo and Acid Treatments on Wart Regeneration." That's a pleasant one. And that's in the "Psychosomatic Medicine Journal." Results demonstrated, at the end of intervention, patients in the hypnosis group had significantly better overall quality of life and less levels of anxiety and depression when compared to the standard care group. It is concluded that hypnosis is effective in the treatment to enhance the quality of life in terminally ill cancer patients. This was published in a study in 2001 in, "The Efficacy of Clinical Hypnosis in the Enhancement of Quality of Life of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients."

So there you have it, guys. You have many citations there. And I don't wanna bore you with anymore. But I wanted to give you the evidence that you were too lazy to go out there and find on yourself for Google Scholar. But it just goes to show there is so much evidence out there of hypnosis being effective in medical situations, specifically in stopping smoking, specifically in losing weight, specifically in controlling the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and also controlling physical pain whether that be anticipatory pain or chronic pain. It's all out there, the research, guys. So do the research for yourself, or listen to this podcast, as dense as it was today. Because hypnosis is effective, and it's been there for literally thousands of years helping people. Don't believe me. Don't believe another guru. Go do the research yourself, and you'll find many, many studies out there to prove the effectiveness of hypnosis. I have been HypnoPunk. This has been another episode of "Unstuck Transformation With Edge!" And if you would like a copy of the top 10 citations of how effective hypnosis is, then please drop me an email at and I'll shall shoot you a copy of the top 10 citations on why hypnosis works.

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Luke Michael Howard CHT
Clinical Hypnotist


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