Further Information and
Scientific Research On Hypnosis
Hypnosis is becoming
more and more widely recognized, and there are literally 1000s of hypnosis
research studies, showing the links between hypnosis and improving memory,
motivation, aiding weight loss, and significantly helping people to stop
Here we have selected
just a few of these studies, first up is a study from 1970 which really brought
hypnosis into the mainstream, and not only gave hypnosis real credibility, but
accredited it with status as a more effective form of therapy than any other currently practiced:
Hypnosis has a better success rate than any
other type of therapy
In 1970 a groundbreaking
meta-analysis of hypnosis research studies was conducted by Alfred A. Barrios,
which led to the mainstream acceptance of hypnosis as an extremely effective
form of therapy.
Barrios compared 1,018
studies and articles on hypnosis, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and
355 on behavioural therapy. In particular he noted the overall lasting success
rates of the different therapies.
He found thathypnotherapy had a massive 93% success rate after only 6 sessions compared to
only a 72% success rate with behavioral therapy (after 22 sessions on average),
and only 38% success rate with psychotherapy (after an average of 600
This led him to conclude
thatfor changing habits, thought patterns, and actual behavior, hypnosis was not only the most effective method, but that it needed less time / sessions than
any other type of therapy.
Hypnosis and Weight Loss
Hypnosis for weight loss
is gaining more and more popularity too - British pop star Lily Allen recently
said in a newspaper interview that hypnosis helped her to drop 4 dress sizes!
After the hypnotism, I want to go to the gym
every day, otherwise I feel really bad. I just want to get more toned and
healthy. I'm really good about everything at the moment — I've never been happier.
Alan in an interview to the Daily Mail
Here are some news
stories and scientific studies which show the potential of hypnosis to
positively help people to lose weight, not only that but to keep it off - to
have a long lasting, and life changing effect.
Hypnosis isn’t a
mysterious, or little understood phenomenon anymore, it is a scientifically
proven tool which can significantly influence weight loss:
Woman loses 55 pounds after being hypnotized to
believe she had weight loss surgery
Marion Cornes, lost 55
pounds (24.9kg) after she was hypnotized to believe that she had weight-loss
After 5 sessions of
hypnosis she believed surgeons had placed a gastric band on her stomach
shrinking it to the size of a golf ball. She was hypnotized and talked through
every step of the surgery as if she was in an operating room.
She said she started
losing up to 3 pounds a week immediately after the hypnosis and she now feels
full if she tries to eat anything other than a small portion of food.
"I've tried every
other diet and exercise plan the world has to offer," she said. "I've
tried tablets, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Slimfast, milkshakes and even a
personal trainer, but none of them helped me."
Hypnosis enhances weight loss substantially over
Kirsch and Irving
compared 100's of studies where either cognitive-behavioral treatment, or
cognitive-behavioral treatment with hypnosis too was used (with weight loss
being the goal) in a meta analysis.
Their analysis showed
that on average after the final follow-ups, the average weight loss was 6.03
lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis (with just cognitive-behavioral treatment) and
14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) when hypnosis was used.
They concluded that when
hypnosis is used it is likely to lead to more than double the weight loss than
if just cognitive-behavioral treatment alone was employed. They also summarized
that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.
Hypnosis is more than 30 times more effective for
Cochrane et al conducted
a study into hypnosis and weight loss with 60 female participants who were more
than 20% overweight. He divided the participants into 2 groups, one who
received hypnosis treatment, and a control group who did not receive any
Results showed that the
group who received the hypnosis lost more weight. Each participant on average
losing 17 lbs over the course of the study, compared to women in the control
group losing only 0.5 lbs
Cochrane concluded that
hypnosis can make your weight loss efforts more than 30 times more effective.
Hypnosis and Stopping Smoking
Hypnosis is probably
most famous for helping people to stop smoking, recently Matt Damon even
testified to the benefits of quitting smoking - he told Jay Leno that he
visited a hypnotist and it worked:
I went to a hypnotist... It worked. I swear to
god it worked. It was the greatest decision I ever made in my life!
Damon on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The research into this area
of hypnotherapy is very solid, again it not only shows a massively increased
success rate when using hypnosis to help you to stop smoking, but it points to hypnosis as the most effective
form of smoking cessation therapy (with a higher success rate than nicotine
patches / gum etc):
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up
In 1992 the University
of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis of studies using different methods to try and
help people to quit smoking. This was the largest ever scientific comparison -
looking at more than 600 studies which contained 72,000 people in total, from
America and Europe.
They found that on
average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine patches or
nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone,
and concluded that hypnosis is by far the most effective way of giving up
90.6% Success rate when using hypnosis to stop
The university of
Washington medical school conducted a study where they used hypnosis on 43
patients to help them stop smoking.
Of the 43 consecutive
patients undergoing hypnosis, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use
at follow-up (up to 3 years post-treatment).
Barber concluded that
hypnosis is an extremely effective way to quit smoking and this study
represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
81% Stopped smoking after hypnosis
30 patients were
referred by their doctor to Texas A&M University for treatment to help them
stop smoking. Of this group 21 patients returned and were given 3 sessions of
hypnosis for smoking cessation.
Results showed that
immediately after treatment 81% of patients reported that they had stopped
smoking. Then in a followup 12 months later 48% of these patients reported that
they were still not smoking.
Elkins GR and Rajab MH
concluded that hypnosis was indeed a statistically significant method of
helping people to stop smoking.
Hypnosis Research In Other Areas
There are literally thousands
of other research studies into hypnosis, how it helps anxiety, motivation,
memory, pain relief, focus and concentration, even how it can be used to allow
someone to undergo surgery without the need to an anesthetic.
Here are some more
studies which show proof of the power of hypnosis for helping a wide variety of
Athletes focus better with hypnosis
are turning to hypnosis to help give themselves an edge, to correct everything
from their golf swing to pre-competition nerves.
Dr Dwight Damn,
president of the National Guild of Hypnotists estimated that more than 7,000 of
the guild’s members are using hypnosis to help athletes improve their
Bob Reese, the famous
former trainer for the New York Jets uses hypnotherapy with both professional
and recreational athletes to help them “get into the zone”
When used like this hypnosis
works simply to take the athletes peak performance and make it available to
them 100% of the time. It takes away subconscious doubts, nerves, and other
mental blockages to allow the athlete to give their top performance, every
Hypnosis helps to reduce anxiety (greater than
traditional relaxation techniques)
A small research study
was conducted at Hampshire Hypnotherapy Center in England with 10 pupils, aged
11 to 16, being treated at the center for emotional behavioral difficulties
related to anxiety.
The students were taught
how to self-hypnotize to help them to set goals about things they wanted to
achieve in their lives, and to help them to work towards these targets..
Mr Byron said "It
seems to empower the students to change their lives and it's not me doing it,
it's them." and that it produced greater effects than were seen in
students using more traditional relaxation techniques. "There is no doubt
it has a tremendous amount to offer."
After this trial the
students' teachers said they had seen more changes in the students using the
techniques and speculated this may be because the hypnotherapy produced
cognitive and emotional changes.
It was concluded that
helped to reduce anxiety and feelings of helplessness in students, and that the
effects of hypnotherapy were found to be greater than those of more traditional
Hypnotherapy helps 71% of IBS sufferers for up
to 5 years
A research study into
hypnosis and its effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) concluded that it helped
71% of patients - and its effect lasted up to as much as five years after
Withington Hospital, Manchester (UK) conducted the study on 200 patients, each
receiving hourly sessions for around 12 weeks.
The majority of patients
found that hypnotherapy reduced the severity of their IBS symptoms, eased their
condition and made them more comfortable, and these effects lasted up to as
long as 5 years afterwards. Even those patients who
stated that the effects wore off with time, found that the deterioration was
slight and still recognized significant improvement from their original state.