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The placebo effect is a well-accepted example of how the mind can positively affect the body and tap into the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Learn how you can activate the body’s natural healing ability and strengthen your immune system by utilizing the tools and technology of clinical hypnotherapy, one of the fastest growing fields that facilitates and promotes human change and improvement, and enhances control, over perceptions such as pain, anxiety, habits, and stress.

The objective of hypnotherapy is to help patients unlock “the most powerful pharmacy of all: our own nervous systems.”

Hypnotherapy teaches people how to control their own minds, so as to give their bodies some calm and peace. It is the most powerful self-help tool known to humanity.

Hypnosis is just a natural state of deep relaxation, not unlike meditation or savasana at the end of a yoga class. Hypnotherapy is a tool set for breaking cognitive and emotional cycles, and retraining the mind to create health and well-being.

We can work on various aspects of health and well-being:

• Quick and Effective Self-Hypnosis Exercises For Anxiety Relief
• Pain Management
• Nausea Control and Relief
• Immune System Strengthening
• Healing Acceleration


“I found that many complaints – smoking, overeating, test anxiety, public speaking phobia, and chronic physical pain – responded more dramatically to hypnosis than to other forms of psychotherapy I was using.”

Dr. Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., Psychologist
Faculty at Harvard Medical School


“People think hypnosis is a means of taking away control, but it is actually a means of enhancing control, over perceptions such as pain, anxiety, habits, stress. I teach my patients to use it for themselves to address the problem they are dealing with. It is a powerful treatment extender.”

Dr. David Spiegel, M.D.
Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at
Stanford University School of Medicine


“I’ve recommended hypnotherapy to help ease chronic pain, lessen the side effects of chemotherapy, alleviate symptoms of autoimmune disease, and counteract anxiety and sleep disorders.

“Hypnotherapy can also be used to improve performance skills, as a form of analgesia or sedation for medical and dental procedures – even to stop hemorrhaging in accident victims.

“In general, I believe that no condition is out of bounds for trying hypnotherapy on.

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine

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    A Randomized Clinical Trial Of A Brief Hypnosis Intervention To Control Side Effects In Breast Surgery Patients
    Journal of the National Cancer Institute

    Patients in the hypnosis group reported less pain intensity, pain unpleasantness, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset.

    Patients in the hypnosis group cost the institution $772.71 less per patient than those in the control group, mainly due to reduced surgical time.

    Hypnosis was superior to attention control regarding propofol and lidocaine use; pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset at discharge; and institutional cost.

    The Journal of the National Cancer Institute states that “the present data supports the use of hypnosis with breast cancer surgery patients.”

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract



    Effects Of Hypnosis On The Immune Response: B-Cells, T-Cells, Helper & Suppressor Cells
    American Psychological Association

    As reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, in a study at Washington State University, volunteers were broken up into one of three groups. 1) Hypnosis, in which they were given positive, healing hypnotic suggestions specifically to boost their immune systems. 2) Relaxation via Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). 3) control conditions.

    Blood samples obtained before treatment and twice thereafter were subjected to flow cytometry analysis. Findings showed significantly greater T-cell counts for the highly hypnotizable Ss exposed to hypnosis compared to highly hypnotizable Ss exposed to REST only.

    After T- and B-cells (special defense cells) were measured it was found that those who had received specific hypnotic suggestions showed significant increases in their levels of protective cells.

    From the abstract:
    “Hence, hypnosis can modify the production and activity of components of the immune system.”

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    Hypnosis As A Modulator Of Cellular Immune Dysregulation During Acute Stress
    Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

    In research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, hypnosis and related visualization techniques where shown to actually prevent the weakening of the immune response that often follows periods of acute stress.

    Medical and dental students who were about to take exams and under tremendous amounts of stress were taught self-hypnosis, so doing hypnotherapy on themselves after some training,

    In the study the control group, subjects who had not used self-hypnosis as a relaxation technique prior to their stressful event, they showed a 24 percent decrease in T-cell count compared to a 2 percent increase in the hypnosis group – T cells = T-Lymphocyte white blood cells are important to the immune response.

    The investigators found that during acute stress during exam time, the self-hypnosis students exhibited stronger immune responses compared with students who did not learn the technique.

    Amazingly, the more often students practiced the relaxation strategy, the stronger their immune response became.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract



    Using Hypnosis to Accelerate the Healing of Bone Fractures
    Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

    Dr. Carol Ginandes, Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Daniel Rosenthal, Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School, published a report on their study of hypnosis to speed up the mending of broken bones.

    They recruited 12 people with broken ankles who did not require surgery and who received the usual treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In addition, Ginandes hypnotized half of them once a week for 12 weeks, while the other half received only normal treatment. The same doctor applied the casts and other care, and the same radiologists took regular X-rays to monitor how well they healed. A radiologist who evaluated the X-rays did not know which patients underwent hypnosis.

    Those who were hypnotized healed faster than those who were not.

    6 weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent 8.5 weeks of healing. That effectively demonstrates that using hypnosis helped that group heal bone fractures 41% faster.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract

    Hypnosis As Mental Health Therapy
    Harvard Medical School’s – Mental Health Newsletter

    “Hypnosis also helps to alleviate anxiety. It has been studied most as a treatment for anxiety related to surgery. Many studies have reported that hypnosis reduced anxiety levels and lowered blood pressure in patients before surgery, and enhanced recovery afterward by shortening hospital stays and reducing complications like nausea and vomiting.

    “In a 2006 study, for example, patients who underwent hypnosis received suggestions of well-being before surgery. Upon entering the operating room, they reported anxiety levels 56% lower than anxiety levels before hypnosis. Patients in a comparison group, who received the normal presurgical standard of care, reported a 47% increase in anxiety.”

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    Hypnosis In The Treatment of Anxiety
    National Institutes for Health (NIH)

    “Hypnotherapy and training in self-hypnosis can help persons achieve remarkable success in alleviating anxiety, not only in anxiety disorders, but also in any problem involving anxiety.

    “The author describes the role of hypnosis in the treatment of several disorders and provides clinical examples illustrating treatment of generalized anxiety, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorders.

    “He concludes that because hypnosis exploits the intimate connection between mind and body, it provides relief through improved self-regulation and also beneficially affects cognition and the experience of self-mastery.”

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract

    Hypnosis In The Treatment of Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders
    Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

    “Self-hypnosis training represents a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.

    “Here we provide a review of the experimental literature on the use of self-hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, including anxiety associated with cancer, surgery, burns and medical/dental procedures.

    “An overview of research is also provided with regard to self-hypnotic treatment of anxiety-related disorders, such as tension headaches, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.”

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract

    Hypnosis Today
    Monitor on Psychology
    A monthly publication of the American Psychological Association

    “Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety.

    “A growing body of scientific research supports hypnosis’ benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.

    “Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Article

    A Review of the Effects of Hypnosis on the Immune System in Breast Cancer Patients
    International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

     2 studies assessing the immune-logical effects of hypnosis in patients with early stage breast cancer were evaluated:

    First: (a) an experiment that taught hypnotic guided-imagery therapy to patients and

    Second: (b) one that provided participants with home visits and autogenic training.

    Both investigations demonstrated improvement in depression and increased natural killer (NK) cell counts after 2 months of hypnosis treatment.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract

    Effectiveness Of Medical Hypnosis For Pain Reduction And Faster Wound Healing In Children With Acute Burn Injury
    Trial Journal  

    The University of Queensland’s Child Health Research Center (CHRC) investigated if hypnotherapy decreased pain, anxiety, and stress in children with severe burns while they were having their bandages and dressings changed.

    This was a randomized controlled study at Lady Cilento Children’s hospital. 62 burn patients between the ages of 4 and 16 were selected for this study.

    They were randomly assigned to one of two groups.  The first group received hypnotherapy sessions and the second group received the standard care. During the entire process measurements were made.  These measurements included pain, anxiety, stress, and speed of wound healing.

    The patients in the hypnotherapy group had 70% lower levels of pain and 67 % lower levels of anxiety compared next to the standard care group.

    By the time the third bandage and dressing change came around, the hypnotherapy group had a 90% reduction in pain levels and 84% power levels of anxiety.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract


    American Psychological Association

    Research shows that hypnosis works as part of a treatment program for a number of psychological and medical conditions, with pain relief being one of the most researched areas.

    Among the benefits associated with hypnosis is the ability to alter the psychological components of the experience of pain that may then have an effect on even severe pain.

    In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia [hypnotherapy to relieve pain] is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals.

    Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability. Surgeons and other health providers have reported significantly higher degrees of satisfaction with their patients treated with hypnosis than with their other patients.

    A meta-analysis (a study of studies) in 2000 of 18 published studies by psychologists Guy Montgomery, PhD, Katherine DuHamel, PhD, and William Redd, PhD, showed that 75% of clinical and experimental participants with different types of pain obtained substantial pain relief from hypnotic techniques.

    Thus, hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain

    Drs. Patterson and Jensen indicate that hypnotic strategies are equivalent or more effective than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain, and they are likely to save both money and time for patients and clinicians.

    Hypno-analgesia is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals, and to save them money in surgical procedures.

    Hypnotic analgesia has been used successfully in a number of interventions in many clinics, hospitals, and burn care centers, and dental offices.

    For acute pain, it has proven effective in interventional radiology, various surgical procedures (e.g., appendectomies, tumor excisions), the treatment of burns (dressing changes and the painful removal of dead or contaminated skin tissue), child-birth labor pain, bone marrow aspiration pain, and pain related to dental work, especially so with children.

    Chronic pain conditions for which hypnosis has been used successfully include, among others, headache, backache, fibromyalgia, carcinoma-related pain, temporal mandibular disorder pain, and mixed chronic pain. Hypnosis can alleviate the sensory and/or affective components of a pain experience, which may be all that is required for acute pain.

    CLICK HERE To Read The Abstract