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Graham J Stuart

08 Nov

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Scientific Studies on Hypnosis - Blog 2


Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body.  The Wall Street Journal in the October 7th, 2003

The easiest way to break bad habits is through hypnosis. Newsweek Magazine.

Hypnosis gives you more confidence.  The Magazine Psychology Today
U.S. Olympic athletes use hypnosis to win. It only makes sense that hypnosis is a tool to use to increase ones motivation.  The Detroit Free Press.

Hypnosis can be used very effectively for pain reduction. It can also be very useful in treating anxiety in people who are anxious.  Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in helping people to stop smoking and in controlling overeating.  David Spiegel, M.D. Associate Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

The Validity of Hypnosis

According to Dr. Clifford Lazarus, Ph. D., hypnosis is “a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice.” [1] The number and variety of clinical studies serves as testament to the power and effectiveness of hypnosis, often the last resort for people who have tried and failed using other methods and therapies.

It would take many volumes to contain the sheer quantity of case studies in which hypnosis has made a real difference in the quality of life of millions of people. Success stories abound where hypnosis has been used to quit smoking, lose weight, and manage pain, some of which are detailed below:
In a group hypnotherapy session among 3,000 smokers sponsored by the American Lung Association, 22% reported not smoking for a month afterward. (The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2000).

During surgical radiology, hypnosis diminishes patients’ pain and anxiety, shortens surgical time, and reduces complications from the procedure. (Lancet, 2000)

The evidence is everywhere. One study concluded that patients who quit smoking with hypnosis are twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

In another, hypnosis was shown to be 3 times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy and 15 times more effective than trying to quit on one’s own. A study of 60 overweight females concluded that hypnosis was 30 times more effective for weight loss.