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Hypnosis Research

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"Do you know if there is any research on hypnosis and xyz?”, is one of the questions I get asked very often.

There are several research journals in the field of hypnosis. The most important is the International Journal for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH). The good news is that the publishers of IJCEH provide a superb “advanced” search facility, free of charge, on their website. It contains the abstracts from every single article published since the launch of the journal in 1953. Full copies of the articles can also be purchased online (this is not cheap). The abstracts will usually contain a brief report of the results of the study, though. See the link below. If you’re looking for research on hypnosis and diabetes just type “diabetes” in the search box under the picture of the journal cover,

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713657963~db=all

The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (AJCH) is perhaps the second most influential research journal in the field of hypnosis. Many of its articles are available via the website below,

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4087/?tag=content;col1

You can also search PubMed, the public medical resesarch database of US Government’s National Library of Medicine, which contains citations for most of the studies published on hypnotherapy. This database also contains many links to full PDF copies of articles available online, and its archive goes back to 1948. Just type in “Hypnotherapy diabetes” to find research, for example, on hypnosis and diabetes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

There are many other journals and search engines available online, including the excellent Google Scholar, where you can easily find references to most of the published articles about hypnosis.

http://scholar.google.co.uk/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws

I hope that helps those of you that are looking for evidence and research to support your work in this field, or satiate any curiosity.  

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Do You Evaluate Your Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Research? http://ow.ly/56xXU
(In response to poor arguments I've been receiving!)

Likewise, if anyone has any discussions about research, then do add them to this thread... Or any particular piece of research that can be discussed.  

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Have any of you see this? It is a piece of research that has been published in the New Scientist, which is usually enough for me not to read it, but I wondered and got intrigued and thought you might want to read it too when you see the title: 

Are You Feeling Sleepy? Alcohol May Help Hypnosis

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What about this? Richard Wiseman and co explore the NLP application of eye accessing cues: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0040259
Shaan White
Shaan White

Hi Adam

Thanks for the top article on research publications, it is very useful. I was just having a business meeting with one of my contacts who is a private GP and very well regarded. She was saying that GP's are under increasing difficulties with budgets etc and therefore wont refer out initially to Hypnotherapists. I find it amazing that as a heavily researched field, the UK Government wont validate the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy, which makes it very difficult to get your self out there, and get clients from the medical community, depsite their being some great schemes out there. I think the more we can show the effectiveness and the research validating Hypnotherapy the better it is for us all. Thank you again

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It is and has always been the case with the NHS, and the current economic climate does not help... However, if you build good relationships with doctors they can still recommend you without necessarily being a referral paid by the government. 

I have several doctors with private specialist clinics that refer clients to me due to the relationship I have with them - I am not paid by the NHS, the clients pay privately, but they can still recommend. 

Probably a discussion for another thread, but it is something we just nee to learn to live with currently and work on our own provate practices. 

More research snippets coming soon. 

Shaan White
Shaan White

Hey Adam. Thank you for sharing that advice with us all about Doctors. I went to the Doctors today and decided to give them information about me, my certificates, and places i guest blog. I'll see how it goes with them, i particularly like the point about the fact clients paying you directly which i think will make the doctors more likely to refer out without touching their NHS budget. This would also be a good discussion in the new group i created on getting clients and referrals. Thank you again, and catch you at the Geek Dinner:)

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Evidence For The Existence Of A Hypnotic State? Key May Be In The Glazed Staring Eyes, Researchers Suggest. 

Interesting... From last year, but doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Not sure it really counts as evidence, but it belongs in the research thread. 

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Dr. Guy Montgomery of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his colleagues just published some significant findings about hypnosis and pain relief in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The Study Two hundred women undergoing surgery for breast cancer took part in the clinical trial. One hour before surgery, each woman was randomly assigned to either 15 minutes of hypnosis by a psychologist, or to a control session in which she spoke to a psychologist. Each session aimed to increase relaxation, reduce pain, and decrease nausea and fatigue. The researchers then compared the use of pain medications and sedatives during surgery, along with the pain levels and other side effects occurring after the surgery. The Findings The women who had hypnosis required less anesthesia; They spent an average of almost 11 minutes less in surgery (which also meant an average decrease in the cost of surgery of about $773); And after surgery, they reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional distress. "Together, the combination of potential improvement in symptom burden for the hundreds of thousands of women facing breast-cancer surgery each year and the economic benefit for institutions argues persuasively for the most widespread application of brief presurgical hypnosis," the authors write. For the full report, see G.H. Montgomery, D.H. Bovbjerg, J.B. Schnur, D. David, A. Goldfarb, et al. "A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Hypnosis Intervention to Control Side Effects in Breast Surgery Patients," Journal of the National Cancer Institute, August 2007, Vol. 99, 1304-1312.
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Clinical hypnosis improved sleep quality in post-menopausal women:

http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/reproduction-androgen-disorders/news/online/%7B78022CB4-769B-4283-92C9-0BBE9C5FC2F8%7D/Clinical-hypnosis-improved-sleep-quality-in-postmenopausal-women

 

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Ok, it is not really the kind of empirical study I prefer to quote here, but I thought you equistrian folk might be interested in this snippet: 

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/314725.html 

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I wanted to get this article up on this thread as a permanent thread for students to be able to track down and use. It is the listing of Hypnotherapy as an Empirically Supported Treatment:  

http://www.adam-eason.com/2012/12/04/hypnotherapy-as-empirically-supported-treatment-2/

I recommend all hypnotherapists have access to this information. 

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This is particularly relevant given the upcoming IBS seminar we are running: 

http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2012/12/05/archdischild-2012-302906.short 

Impressive results! 

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... And more IBS stuff: 

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121219/Hypnotherapy-helps-fight-irritable-bowel-syndrome-symptoms.aspx 

Really, there are no excuses for not having a strong evidence based approach when it comes to IBS! 

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... And more IBS stuff: 

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121219/Hypnotherapy-helps-fight-irritable-bowel-syndrome-symptoms.aspx 

Really, there are no excuses for not having a strong evidence based approach when it comes to IBS! 

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Adam Eason

... And more IBS stuff: 

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121219/Hypnotherapy-helps-fight-irritable-bowel-syndrome-symptoms.aspx 

Really, there are no excuses for not having a strong evidence based approach when it comes to IBS!