Research

I find Hypnosis so fascinating.  There is so much evidence out there that proves the effectiveness out there of Hypnosis.  I wanted to share with you some of the details of these studies.

Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioural weight loss treatments—Another meta-reanalysis.

1996

Here’s the link to this fascinating study.

Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments—Another meta-reanalysis. – PsycNET (apa.org)

A brief overview of the findings

  • In this study patients who took the CBT approach lost a mean weight of 6.03lb whereas the patients who took the hypnosis approach lost a mean weight of 14.88lb.
  • People who lost weight with hypnosis lost 85% more weight than those attempting to lose weight with CBT.
  • In this meta analysis findings were that “the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.”

Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long Term abstinence.

August 2005

Here’s the link to this fascinating study.

Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long‐Term Abstinence – Wynd – 2005 – Journal of Nursing Scholarship – Wiley Online Library

A brief overview of the findings

  • 71 people were involved in the study, 38 in the intervention group and 33 in the control group.
  • After a 2 year period, it was found that smoking abstinence rates were found to be significantly higher for the guided health imagery intervention group.
  • It was concluded that guided imagery was an effective method for long-term smoking cessation.

Case study of Hypnosis for panic disorder

1996

Here’s the link to this fascinating case study.

The use of hypnotic regression with panic disorder: A case report. – PsycNET (apa.org)

A brief overview of the findings

  • 27 year old, female nurse has a 2 and half year history of a panic disorder.
  • Cognitive Therapy & antidepressant medication did not help.
  • During Hypnosis she was able to discover the root cause was childhood separation anxiety.
  • With a combined approach of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy she was able to completely recover from panic attacks and agoraphobia without any medication and still free of this 1 year later.

Treating Panic Disorder Hypnotically

2017

Here’s the link to this fascinating case study.

Treating Panic Disorder Hypnotically: American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis: Vol 60, No 2 (tandfonline.com)

A brief overview of the findings

  • A 28 year old firefighter suffered with panic attacks almost daily for four months.
  • Hypnosis was used to address this.
  •  Six years after his final hypnosis session, the firefighter reported that he still remained panic free.

Relaxation and Hypnosis in reducing Anxious-depressive symptoms and insomnia

2014

Relaxation and Hypnosis in Reducing Anxious-depressive Symptoms and Insomnia among Adults – ScienceDirect

A brief overview of the findings

  • Results showed that Hypnosis and relaxation techniques combined was an effective method for those suffering with anxious-depressive disorders associated with insomnia.
  • It was found that “Hypnotherapy and hypnosis can bring their contribution to diminishing problems related to anxiety reported by patients”. 
  • The study found that there was no difference to the results based on gender, meaning that hypnosis reduced anxiety, depression and insomnia symptoms for all genders.

Hypnosis vs Stress reducing strategies for operations

1997

Psychological approaches during conscious sedation. Hypnosis versus stress reducing strategies: a prospective randomized study – ScienceDirect

A brief overview of the findings

  • A study of 60 patients for elective plastic surgery with a control group and hypnosis group.
  • Post operative pain and anxiety were significantly lower in the Hypnosis group.
  • Less signs of pain and discomfort were observed by the psychologist in the Hypnosis group.
  • The patients who had received hypnosis had more stable vital signs.
  • Patients in the Hypnosis group required less pain relief medication.