Articles & Research

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Long-Term Success of GUT-Directed Group Hypnosis for Patients With Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial American Journal of Gastroenterology:108, 602-609 (April 2013)

Conclusions: GHT improves IBS-related QOL, is superior to SMT alone, and shows a long-term effect even in refractory IBS.

Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Rational Self-Directed Hypnotherapy: A Treatment for Panic Attacks.

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis: Vol. 32, Issue 3, 1990.

Conclusion: “Results showed an increased sense of control, improved self-concept, elimination of pathological symptoms, and cessation of panic attacks.”


Hypnotherapy and test anxiety: Two cognitive-behavioral constructs: The effects of hypnosis in reducing test anxiety and improving academic achievement in college students.Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, Vol 12(1), Mar 1991.

Conclusion: “Investigated the effects of cognitive-behavioral hypnosis in reducing test anxiety and improving academic performance. 44 introductory psychology students received 4 sessions of hypnosis and 50 Hawthorne controls received no treatment over the same time period. Ss’ midterm test grades and scores on the Test Anxiety Inventory were examined. There was a decrease in test anxiety and improvements in achievement for the hypnosis group. The treatment gains were maintained at 6-wk follow-up.“


Hypnosis and clinical pain

Psychological Bulletin, Vol 129(4), Jul 2003, 495-521.

Conclusion: “Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions, Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.“

Public Speaking Phobia:

Hypnotic enhancement of a cognitive behavioral treatment for public speaking anxiety Behavior Therapy: Volume 28, Issue 1, Winter 1997, Pages 127–140.

Conclusion: The hypnotic treatment generated expectancies for greater change among participants than did the nonhypnotic treatment, and these expectancies were correlated with treatment outcome.

Driving Phobia:

I-95 Phobia Treated With Hypnotic Systematic Desensitization: A Case Report American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 56: 143–151, 2013.

Conclusion: “The results indicated that this patient with case of (DRP) was able to resume travel on I-95 at conclusion of treatment. The patient was symptom free at follow up 6 months later.“


Brief Hypnotic Treatment of Repetitive Nightmares American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis: Vol. 35, Issue 3, 1993.

Conclusion: The frequency of nightmares is relatively high… That such dramatic change can occur within a brief period.

The Treatment of Parasomnias with Hypnosis: a 5-Year Follow-Up Study(Parasomnias are unusual or abnormal behavior during sleep – eating, aggression, sleepwalking, nightmares, paralysis, etc.)Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2007.

Conclusion: “In summary, given the brevity of the hypnotic treatment and its documented success in this and other studies, hypnotherapy would seem to be a treatment of first choice for patients with “functionally autonomous” (apparently self-perpetuating) parasomnias.”


Breast Cancer Survivors and Hot Flashes: The Search for Nonhormonal Treatments Journal of Clinical Oncology: Vol. 26, No. 31, 2008.

Editorial: “…Mind-body approaches provide potentially safe and effective interventions to reduce vasomotor symptoms and are particularly appropriate for survivors of breast cancer.”


Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Post-Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Controlled Trial Menopause: Vol 20. No. 3. March 2013.

Conclusion: Compared to a structured attention control, clinical hypnosis resulted in significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes as well as hot flash scores in post-menopausal women.

Sports Performance:

nhancing Imagery through Hypnosis: A Performance Aid for Athletes American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis: Vol 43, Issue 2, 2000.

Conclusion: “In summary, while imagery has an established place in athletic training, the contribution of hypnosis to imagery might well be more widely recognized and utilized. Perhaps in time research such as this study will help to dissipate the ignorance about and prejudice against hypnosis, and its advantages will be more widely used in enhancing imagery.”

Overactive Bladder:

Hypnotherapy for Treatment of Overactive Bladder: A Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study.Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: Vol. 17, No. 6, November/December 2011.

Conclusions: Both groups improved with treatment. Hypnotherapy resulted in superior PGI-I scores compared with behavioral therapy. Voiding and OAB-q SF results trended toward greater improvement with hypnotherapy. As a pilot study, recruitment was underpowered to find statistical differences between groups’ voids and OAB scores. These findings support the need for an expanded trial that could likely show hypnotherapy to be superior in OAB treatment.