Hypnosis has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. And yet, there is so much mystery surrounding its effectiveness. Now, I’m not one to go around using a lot of fact and figures when I write. But this time it feels right to at least let you know some of the truths about the effectiveness of hypnosis. Never try this on anyone if you have not been properly trained in how to present hypnotic suggestions in a healthy, effective manner.
There is an over 90% success rate for smoking cessation using hypnosis. The University of Washington, School of Medicine showed a 90.6% effectiveness rate in smoking cessation using hypnosis. In a similar study performed at Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center, College of Medicine, over 81% of clients in their study had quit smoking and continued to remain smoke free after hypnosis treatment.
The largest study ever says hypnosis is most effective: 3 times as effective as patch and 15 times as effective as willpower. According to the University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking. In the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe hypnosis was proven to be most effective. On average, hypnosis was over 3 times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.
Hypnosis is over 30 times as effective for weight loss. In investigating the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for people at least 20% overweight, hypnosis was the most effective weight loss management system. Treatment included group hypnosis with ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. According to Gordon Cochrane in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, hypnosis was more effective with an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group.
Hypnosis subjects lost more weight than 90% of others and kept it off. Researchers in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self-monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90% of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little change.
Hypnosis reduces frequency and intensity of migraines. From the International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis when comparing the treatment of migraines with hypnosis vs. drug therapy the results show the number of attacks and the number of people who suffered blinding attacks was significantly lower for the group receiving hypnotherapy than for the group receiving drug therapy. For the group using hypnotherapy, these measures were significantly lower when on hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis reduces pain of headaches and anxiety. Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce pain. Reduction in pain was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data and the use of a questionnaire as well as by a significant reduction in anxiety scores. According to the University of Washington, School of Medicine, studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer information concerning physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia or pain relief. Studies indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute and chronic pain conditions.
So, is hypnosis effective? It seems that almost every client that seeks smoking cessation or anxiety relief or pain management or etc., one of the first things they say is, “I’ve tried everything.” My first response is usually, “Really? Everything?”
With the proven scientific results of how hypnosis works, why is hypnosis always the last thing? And guess what, it usually is the last thing.