Hypnosis became popular as a treatment for medical conditions in the late 1700s when effective pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options were limited. To determine whether hypnosis has a role in contemporary medicine, relevant trials and a few case reports are reviewed. Despite substantial variation in techniques among the numerous reports, patients treated with hypnosis experienced substantial benefits for many different medical conditions. An expanded role for hypnosis and a larger study of techniques appear to be indicated. AMA American Medical Association.

Over its long history, hypnotherapy has been the subject of innumerable research studies, which lend clear support to its various therapeutic applications. For example, one of the more recent clinical reviews of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ reports the following evidence:

“There is good evidence from randomized controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety particularly that related to stressful situations such as receiving chemotherapy. They are also effective for panic disorders and insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive therapy, a systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety’. Randomized controlled trials support the use of various relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain, randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in asthma and in irritable bowel syndrome, there is strong evidence from randomized trials of the effectiveness of hypnosis and relaxation for cancer related anxiety, pain, nausea, and vomiting, particularly in children.” BMJ 1999; 319: 1346-1349 “Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,” Vickers & Zollman.

This is extremely limiting view of condition, hypnosis can cure many more conditions: Anger Management, Anxiety, Bed Wetting, Bereavement, Blushing, Confidence Building,, Counseling, Depression, Eczema, Ego Strengthening, Exam Nerves, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Life Change Development, Male/Femal Sexual Problems, Migraine, Nail Biting, O.C.D, P.M.T, Pain Control, Panic Attacks, Performance Anxiety, Phobia Removal, Post-Operation Confidence, Pre-Birth Relaxation, Pre-Operation Nerves, Relaxation, Restless Legs, Self Hypnosis, Sleep Problems, Smoking Sensation, Sport Enhancement, Stammering, Stress, Teeth Grinding, Tinnitus, Trauma, Travel Nerves, Victim Recovery, Weight Reduction.

Scientific American – Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses — especially in controlling pain but is hypnosis a real phenomenon? If so, what is it useful for? Over the past few years, researchers have found that hypnotized individuals actively respond to suggestions even though they sometimes perceive the dramatic changes in thought and behavior they experience as happening “by themselves.” During hypnosis, it is as though the brain temporarily suspends its attempts to authenticate incoming sensory information. Some people are more hypnotizable than others, although scientists still don’t know why. Nevertheless, hypnosis is finding medical uses in controlling chronic pain, in countering anxiety and even–in combination with conventional operating-room procedures–in helping patients to recover more quickly from outpatient surgery. ^ a b c Nash, Michael R. “The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis”. Scientific American: July 2001 By Michael R. Nash | July 17, 2001

Medical News Today – Hypnosis can offer significant reduction in pain awareness without any effect on non-painful aspects of the subject’s perception. It therefore is most effective in altering perception of acute pain, experts reported at the European Neurological Society Meeting in Rhodes (Greece). Medical news today

Imagery and Hypnosis Oncology – A new study by Raz reported recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America shows how a specific form of hypnotic suggestion can dramatically alter brain activity in highly hypnotizable individuals, allowing them to regulate their experience of pain and override brain processes commonly considered to be involuntary or automatic, such as recognizing and reacting to certain visual cues, in this case, words. Columbia News

Despite the apparent similarity among many seemingly related alternative techniques, their effects can vary. Hypnosis, for example, which has for the control of pain and long been utilized in medical settings anxiety, can be quite effective in improving patients’ comfort and sense of control over their illness. It is as mistaken to dismiss all psychological techniques as being ineffective in helping patients adjust to their cancer as it is to claim that imaging can cure cancer. in the treatment of cancer patients”.Spiegel, D.; Moore, R. (1997). “Imagery and hypnosis Oncology 11 (8):Oncology

Mayo Clinic – Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. Under hypnosis, you’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you’re more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don’t lose control over your behavior Hypnosis.

Journal of the American Board of Family Practitioners- Astin, J.A. et al (2003). “Mind-body medicine: state of the science, implications for practice”. 16 (2): Mayo clinic. Conclusions: There is now considerable evidence that an array of mind-body therapies can be used as effective adjuncts to conventional medical treatment for a number of common clinical conditions. Astin, J.A. et al (2003). “Mind-body medicine: state of the science, implications for practice”. Journal of the American Board of Family Practitioners 16 (2): Hypnosis is a tool with many useful dermatologic applications. It involves guiding the patient into a trance state for a specific purpose such as relaxation, pain or pruritus reduction, or habit modification. Hypnosis can regulate blood flow and other autonomic functions not usually under conscious control. The relaxation response that occurs with hypnosis also affects the neurohormonal systems that in turn regulate many body functions.

Applying Hypnosis in Dermatology – Shenefelt, Philip D. “Applying Hypnosis in Dermatology. medscape.com. 6 January 2004 Dermatology. Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. In 1996, a panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery. An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain. Pain Decreases Under Hypnosis. Medicalnewstoday.com. 20 June 2007

Science Daily(Oct. 22, 2007) ” Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods. A new study* shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or patients who quit “cold turkey”. The study also shows that patients Harvey RF et al (1989). “Individual and Group Hypnotherapy in Treatment of Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. The Lancet 333 (8635): 424. 3 patients with refractory irritable bowel syndrome were treated with four 40-minute sessions of hypnotherapy over 7 weeks. 20 improved, 11 of whom lost almost all their symptoms. Short-term improvement was maintained for 3 months without further formal treatment. Hypnotherapy in groups of up to 8 patients was as effective as individual therapy