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I say, "See what the research shows!"

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

 -- University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and
Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with
hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.


-- Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA.
Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight
reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses
indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.


-- Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss
treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,
64 (3), 517-519.

Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of
hypnosis increase over time.


-- Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines

Compared the treatment of migraine by hypnosis and autohypnosis with the
treatment of migraine by the drug prochlorperazine (Stemetil). Results show that the
number of attacks and the number of people who suffered blinding attacks were
significantly lower for the group receiving hypnotherapy than for the group receiving
prochlorperazine. For the group on hypnotherapy, these two measures were
significantly lower when on hypnotherapy than when on the previous treatment. It is
concluded that further trials of hypnotherapy are justified against some other
treatment not solely associated with the ingestion of tablets.


-- Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International
Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of
smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and
87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using


-- Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana.
Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for
treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received
hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months

-- Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR,
Rajab MH.

Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20%
overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening,
decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more
effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an
average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.


-- Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an
hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and
decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses
and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded
significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds


-- Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and
multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL,
Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or
without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both
interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups,
the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight,
while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.


-- Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as
Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.


-- University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up
Smoking. October 1992.

(Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success)
than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still
demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.


-- Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive
outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight
loss than the other two treatments

Randomized, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at
stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea on nasal continuous positive airway  pressure treatment.


-- J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital,
Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as
relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same
therapy supplemented by hypnosis.

Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not
receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.


-- University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to
cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J
Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight
reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses
indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.


-- University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol.
64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).

Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight”

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

-- Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)

Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain

Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic,
investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program.

-- Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.

Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the
mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical
populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic
procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological
mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical
populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute
procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of
research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into
comprehensive pain treatment.


-- Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation
Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104
Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms

Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in
various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to
burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma,
somatoform disorder, anxiety, and post traumatic stress), and obstetric situations
(e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described.


-- Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. The use of hypnosis in
emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and
Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA.

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study

Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine
addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of
addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself.
Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this
period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years.
Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was

-- The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State
University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993

Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing
surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient
comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic
and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.


-- Hypnosis and its application in surgery, Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J,
Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety

The improvement was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data gathered with the
use of a questionnaire and by a significant reduction in anxiety scores.

-- Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension type
headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache
1991; 31(10): 686-9.

Hypnosis Shows 77% Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77
percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for
alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1
client had a marijuana addiction


-- Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse
Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained
Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.

-- A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984;
26(4): 273-9.

Healed 41% faster from fracture

Healed significantly faster from surgery
Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the
time it takes to heal.

Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed
the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis
group healed “significantly faster” than supportive attention group and control group.

-- Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia
Brooks, Harvard University Gazette

Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity

Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain
intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.


-- Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic
suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management.
1995; 10(6): 464-70.

Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries

Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypno-analgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential
importance of motivation with this population.

-- Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.

Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to

Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we
measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients
with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness.
The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest. The cerebral blood flow
was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and sub-callosial cingulate cortices,
the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally
in the cingulate cortex. The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a
multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and
subcortical brain dynamics. Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the
International Association for the Study of Pain.


-- Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia.
Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical
Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain.
1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

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Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger

In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic
drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse
Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). Individuals who used
repeated self-hypnosis “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported
the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in
comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.


-- American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American
Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

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