The earliest recorded evidence of hypnosis can be traced back over 4000 years ago, with hypnosis being utilized in ancient Egyptian sleep temples. In modern western history, hypnotherapy is one of the oldest forms of psychotherapy. Though, some of its benefits were muddled by images of Svengali and stage hypnotism, which made many people wrongly believe that hypnosis is out of our control.
As modern medicine and psychology evolved, so did hypnotherapy. The American Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a medical procedure in 1956, finding it appropriate for use during surgery and medical treatments and procedures.
Listed below are four notable references, followed by over 300 scholarly articles.
1) Dr. David Spiegel, Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University has devoted his career researching over 7,000 patients using fMRI’s to explore how well hypnosis works. He found hypnosis gave way to significant changes in brain activity from muscle function, awareness, pain receptivity. Dr. Spiegel’s main focus is on the success of replacing opioids with hypnosis for pain management.
2) 18 study meta-analysis on weight loss and Hypnosis concluded the subjects who used Hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who did not and kept it off years after treatment ended.
3) Time Magazine’s take on studies showing the scientific validity in using hypnosis for smoking cessation, modulating anxiety, pain, weight loss and PTSD.
4) Dr. Cornelie Schweizer, Dr. Kristina Fuhr, Dr. Christoph Meisner and Dr. Anil Batra research study showing the efficacy of using hypnotherapy compared to cognitive-behavioral therapy for mild-to-moderate depression.
Academic Performance (see also: Stress & Anxiety)
Athletics (see Sports Performance)
Alzheimers & Dementia
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Child Birth or HypnoBirthing: (See Motherhood)
Fears & Phobias (for Agoraphobia, see above)
Healing (see pain)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Motherhood, Fertility and Childbirth (‘Hypno-Birthing’)
Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)
Stress & Anxiety
Surgery and Speed Healing
Tourettes Syndrom / Tics
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