Does Hypnosis works?
Over the past 30 years, numerous studies have been conducted attesting the effectiveness of hypnosis in helping with addiction, phobia, pain relief, weight loss, emotional, physical and mental traumsa as well as changing behavioral patterns.
Here are a few samples:
- 90.6% Success rate for smoking cessation using Hypnosis —University of Washington School of Medicine, 2001.
- Hypnosis more effective than drug interventions for smoking cessation. “Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program.” — Ohio State University, College of Nursing.
- 87% Reported abstinence from tobacco use with Hypnosis “Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion.” — Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana, 1994.
- 81% Reported they had stopped smoking after Hypnosis. “Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention.” — Texas A&M University, 2004.
- Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off. “Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal.” — University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1996.
- Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years. “Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005.
- Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower. “How One in Five Give Up Smoking.” University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, October 1992.
- “Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.” — Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England.
- Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss. “Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment.” — Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986.
- Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight. — Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1985.
- Hypnosis more than doubled average weight loss. “Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments – Another meta-reanalysis.” — Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996.
- Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weight. “Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments” — Psychology Reprints, 1997.
- Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches. — University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996.
- Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries. “Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment.”— Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 1997.
- Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain. “Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imager..” — Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.
- Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain “Hypnosis and Clinical Pain.” — Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA, 2003.
- “Two Studies Show Hypnosis Makes Post-Operative Healing Over 40% Faste.r” — Harvard Medical School, and Union Institute in Cincinnati, 2003.
- Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight.” — Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986.
- Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines. “Migraine and Hypnotherapy.” — International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 1975.
- Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery. “Hypnosis and its application in surgery.” — Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege, 1998.
- Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity “Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain,” — Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 1995.
- Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety. “Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study.” — Headache, 1991.
- “Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychologica.” European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain, Copyright 1999.
- “Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia,” — Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, 1999.
- Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms. “The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine.”
Emergency Medical Clinic of North America, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA 2000.
- Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. “94% Remained Narcotic Free: A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts,” — American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984.
- Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction. “Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders.” — American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.
- Hypnosis Raised Self-esteem and Serenity While Lowering Impulsive and Angry Behavior” — American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy, 2004.
- Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study. “The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction.”
— American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993.
Now and again you see articles about celebrities going for hypnotherapy. And for many people this may come as a surprise. Hypnotherapy has been recognized as a totally natural thing, just as any other natural healing such as meditation, reiki or yoga. Due to the significant and permanent advantages of hypnotherapy, it has already gained huge popularity amongst celebrities as well.
Those celebrities visit their hypnotherapists for a variety of reasons. Either it can be to earn a sporting edge, give up smoking, overcome a phobia or to lose weight etc. Hypnotherapy is now more popular among the celebrities than any time before. Whether they are athletes, movie stars, TV actors, musicians etc, celebrities from all fields have been known to choose hypnosis.
It surely gives a boost to the hypnotherapy business when celebrities disclose the positive results they received from it. Take the example of English recording artist Lily Allen, who has dropped her size from 12 to 8 with the help of hypnotherapy. Tiger Woods is one of the best golf players of all time, and he also received hypnotherapy treatments. Actually he credits his strong mental health to the years of hypnosis he got since he was a child. Steve Collins, another sports star has successfully used hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy has become a big part of many athletes because it can give them motivation, or make them immune to distractions, or to step up their mental strength. (More on hypnosis for professional sports)
Mel Gibson underwent hypnosis to help him deal with his problems, while Kevin Costner hired a private therapist to treat his phobia. Smoking is a big problem among celebrities, and because of all the stresses and controversies it becomes very difficult to beat the addiction. But a lot of celebrities have successfully been treated with hypnotherapy to get over it, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Joel, Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore to name a few.
TV actress Tina Malone lost 6 stone in weight using only hypnotherapy. It helped her to alter her eating habits and allowed her to lose the weight. A good hypnotherapist will identify the root cause of the problem then assists to treat in accordance, like Lily Allen who dropped her size mostly by going to gym and not just altering her eating habits.
Richard Lee, the goalie of Brentford Football Club has also benefitted from hypnosis. Charlotte Church, a Welsh singer also quit smoking when she was pregnant with her children. You will discover so many celebrities who have tried hypnotherapy that it would certainly be much easier to list those celebrities who have not advantaged from it!
It shouldn't come to us as a shock that so many celebrities currently use hypnotherapy. It's surely not a new trend. People such as Mozart, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison etc. all have been known to use hypnotherapy to resolve their problems. Despite the fact that it can be sometimes relatively expensive to hire a good hypnotherapist, it surely does not mean that only celebrities can afford it. It's actually an affordable therapy (especially given its speed, effect and the money it would save in the long run if you no longer smoke/eat/consume drugs etc any longer). The benefits of hypnosis are almost limitless and the effort is minimal, this is what has made hypnosis really popular both among celebrities and the rest of us.