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Facts about hypnosis and current research results


Read below for additional results from various journals concerning the value of hypnosis in diverse healthcare settings.  




v “Clearly, hypnosis has been shown in a number of studies to reduce the distress of children and adults with cancer undergoing a variety of stressful procedures and treatments…Patients with cancer and particularly children would benefit tremendously from wider application of hypnosis in oncology centers.”   

     (Liossi, Journal of Contemporary Hypnosis 2006 )



v “Results demonstrate that at the end of intervention patients in the hypnosis group had significantly better overall quality of life and lower levels of anxiety and depression when compared to the standard care group.  It is concluded that hypnosis is effective in enhancement of quality of life in terminally ill cancer patients”   

     (Liossi, Journal of Contemporary Hypnosis 2001)



v “There is evidence that hypnotherapy may have an application in the palliative care setting by relieving stress and helping patients to cope with their illness and the prospect of dying. It may also be of benefit to health professionals working in the sometimes stressful field.”

      (Curtis, European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 2001)



v “Despite conclusive evidence for the efficacy of clinical hypnosis in the management of many cancer related symptoms and particularly acute and chronic pain, hypnosis is currently under-utilized in these applications.”                                                 

     (Liossi, Contemporary Hypnosis 2006 )



v “The findings suggest that hypnotherapy is a valuable tool when it comes to enhancing the coping mechanisms of cancer patients…most patients (19 out of 20) reported that after the first two hypnotherapy sessions they were able to relax for the first time in a very long period, felt less tired and more energetic, had more refreshing night sleep and as a result were able to cope better with their daily activities.”

       (Peynovska, European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 2005)





National Cancer Institute




    Hypnosis is a trance-like state of high concentration between sleeping and waking. In this relaxed state, a person becomes more receptive or open to suggestion. Hypnosis can be used to block the awareness of pain, to substitute another feeling for the pain, and to change the sensation to one that is not painful. This can be brought on by a person trained in hypnosis, often a psychologist or psychiatrist. You can also be trained to hypnotize yourself.  During hypnosis, many people feel similar to the state we experience when we begin to awaken in the morning. We can’t quite open our eyes, but are very aware. We can hear sounds inside or outside our house. Our eyes remain closed, and we feel as though we either can’t or don’t want to wake up and open our eyes.  People can easily be taught, by a hypnotherapist, to place themselves in a hypnotic state, make positive suggestions to themselves, and to leave the hypnotic state.



- NIH Publication No. 03-4746

Printed June 2000

Reprinted 2003



To access a one hour video that can be found in the NIH video casting menu concerning how hypnosis can help cancer patients click here:



Video synopsis:   


Dr. Spiegel is a world-renowned authority on mind/body interactions in medicine. His groundbreaking research, supported by rigorous clinical trials, provides a link between psychotherapeutic interventions and changes in brain function, emotional adjustment, and disease outcome that could alter the standard of care for those with medical illness such as chronic pain and cancer.”





Referenced by the World Health Organization, June 2005:


Randomized controlled trials have provided good evidence that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, and prevent panic disorders and insomnia.  Randomized trials have also shown hypnosis to be of value in treating asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.



- 1999 British Medical Journal





























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