Clinical hypnotherapy has been widely researched and endorsed by many medical authorities and used for a wide variety of medical, dental, and psychotherapeutic uses. The consensus in the medical community is that hypnosis shortens treatment time and can provide invaluable relief when other treatments fail. Hypnosis is used and recommended by such prestigious and well-respected institutions as Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, and Stanford University Medical Center.

Harvard Medical University — A study by radiologists at Harvard Medical School, published in 2000, found that patients who received hypnosis during surgery required less medication, had few complications and shorter procedures than patients who did not have hypnosis. (source)

Harvard University Gazette — Hypnosis helps healing “Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance,” Ginandes says. A list of applications she provides includes treatment of phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches, and high blood pressure. (source)

NCBI, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health — This research represents the first controlled treatment study of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) of acute posttraumatic stress disorder participants. (source)

UCLA School of Neruovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health — Dr. Bruce D.Naliboff, PhD hypnosis is very helpful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (source)

Kaiser Permanente, Self-Hypnosis for Stress — It is thought that during a hypnotic state, or trance, people have a heightened ability to accept suggestions that can help change their behavior. Hypnosis can be led by a hypnotherapist, or a hypnotherapist can teach people to hypnotize themselves (self-hypnosis). (source)

Stanford University Medical Center — David Spiegel, MD — Major researcher in medical uses of hypnosis in cancer treatment to reduce nausea, pain and anxiety being only one. Herbert Spiegel, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Emeritus) at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he directed the postgraduate course in hypnosis from 1960-1982. Co-author with David Spiegel,MD of Trance & Treatment, Clinical Uses of Hypnosis. This beautifully crafted book, by Herbert and David Spiegel, takes readers from all backgrounds on an exciting and wisely structured journey into this curious realm of human nature. Based on their many decades of pioneering research and innovative treatment methods, this father and son team explores the dynamic utilization of hypnosis in therapeutic settings. They have polished the gem that was their first edition into an even more readable and enjoyable text featuring their creative and practical ideas within scenarios that therapists will find are readily applicable in their practice.”— Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, California (source)

Stanford University, Center for Health and Stress “We can teach people how to manage pain and anxiety,” said Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Health and Stress at Stanford University who has studied hypnosis for 40 years. “There’s been this mistake in medicine that if you have a certain amount of tissue damage, you should feel this amount of pain. But many things can alter how much pain you feel. (source)

Mayo Clinic has recognized and endorsed hypnosis/hypnotherapy as a viable means to gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior. (source)

University of Michigan Health System Your Child Development & Behavior Resources People can take these changes that happen during hypnosis and use them for self-improvement in their usual state of consciousness. For example, hypnosis can be used to help reduce anxiety, control pain, control the perception of discomfort during medical procedures, lessen discomfort of physical symptoms, and break bad habits. (source)

Dr. Andrew Weil is a highly respected MD in the field of Integrative Medicine. His mission in establishing his own school of Integrative Medicine, Tuscon, AZ was to see that every physician receives training in Hypnosis and uses this skill on a regular basis. Because guided imagery is a mind-body therapy, any stress-related health concern, including high blood pressure, pain related to muscle tension, insomnia, and anxiety or depression, may be alleviated via this approach. (source)

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Relaxation techniques (also called relaxation response techniques) may be used by some to release tension and to counteract the ill effects of stress. Relaxation techniques are also used to induce sleep, reduce pain, and calm emotions. This fact sheet provides basic information about relaxation techniques, summarizes scientific research on effectiveness and safety, and suggests sources for additional information. (source)

Dr.Mehmet Oz Recently on his TV program, he featured the use of hypnosis in supporting weight loss. (source)


 “Hypnosis in Mainstream Medicine”, article in The Wall Street Journal. October 7, 2003 edition. By Michael Waldholz (source)

“Altered States: Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works, and what it does in the brain” in Newsweek. September 27, 2004 by David Noonan (source)

“Hypnotherapy Can Eliminate Anxiety and Stress So You Can Relax,” available on by Alan B.Densky. (source)