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What do Doctors and Psychiatrist say about Hypnosis?

I must admit when I set out to work on this topic I did not know what to expect, but the more I searched the more fascinated I was by what I found. From Doctors to Psychiatrist, Psychologist and many different types of Therapist overall there is more faith between them and the hypnotherapist today than I thought there would be. . In fact many will recommend a hypnotist/hypnotherapist to their patients. I was able to find many that had positive things to say about the practice of hypnosis.

Here is a list of comments by medical professionals about those that practice Hypnosis:

---Author of Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind To Create The Life You’ve Always Wanted and celebrity hypnotist, Kimberly Friedmuttter quotes, “Reportedly, hypnosis has a 93% success rate with less sessions than both behavioral and psychotherapy, according to research studies. This led researchers to believe that for changing habits, thought patterns, and actual behavior hypnosis was not only the most effective method but that it needed less time/sessions than other forms of therapy. (Alfred A. Barrios).”

---"The fact is, however, that hypnosis is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice. Simply put, hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are."

---When Dr. Spiegel emerged from a three-hour shoulder surgery in 1972, he didn’t use any pain meds to recover. Instead, he hypnotized himself. It worked—to the surprise of everyone but Dr. Spiegel, who has studied hypnosis, a state of highly focused attention and intense concentration, for 45 years. This isn’t just some weird parlor trick,” he says. “It’s a way we use our brains that’s different.”


---"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.

----Hypnosis has been used for centuries for pain control, including during the Civil War when Army surgeons hypnotized injured soldiers before amputations. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a tool to reduce pain. Among the leading researchers in the field is Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, a psychologist who has conducted extensive research on hypnosis and pain management at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program."Hypnosis helps patients to reduce their distress and have positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery," Montgomery says. "I don’t think there is any magic or mind control."

---Study identifies brain areas altered during hypnotic trances.

By scanning the brains of subjects while they were hypnotized, researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine were able to see the neural changes associated with hypnosis. “Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel, who holds the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professorship in Medicine. “In fact, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”

David Spiegel, MD, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Stanford University School of Medicine

So although Hypnosis has come along way since its early beginnings dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece and now in present day, medical professionals either practicing Hypnosis themselves or referring patients to Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist, I still ask that you do your research on the Hypnotist /Hypnotherapist you are planning to work with as you should do with any professional.

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