The Science of Hypnosis

Since hypnosis first emerged, it's been surrounded by misconceptions. However, over the past few years a wave of new studies have confirmed that it's a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment and improvement of anxiety, sleep, IBS, pain, depression, procrastination and more.

The oldest form of psychotherapy

“Hypnosis is the oldest form of psychotherapy … it is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control our perception and our bodies” – Dr David Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.

Source: Stanford University School of Medicine

Neural changes in the brain

Stanford researchers recently used modern brain imaging to show that while under hypnosis, three distinct areas of the brain were altered and activated. These parts of the brain are associated with absorption away from outside stimuli, controlling body functions, and decreased awareness of one’s actions and behavior.

Source: Stanford University School of Medicine

Treat IBS without diet change

Multiple well-controlled studies have shown that gut-directed hypnotherapy improves gastrointestinal symptoms in people with IBS by 70-80% and these improvements are maintained in the long-term. Has been shown to be as effective as a low FODMAP diet.

Source: Monash University

Effective depression treatment

A recent meta-analysis of 6 well-controlled studies that investigated hypnosis and depression found that hypnosis significantly improved the symptoms of depression. 

Source: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 

Improves sleep duration and depth

A recent study demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions to specifically increase the amount and duration of slow wave sleep. They found that hypnotic audio recordings were able to significantly deepen sleep through post-hypnotic suggestions.

Source: Sleep

Enhancing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A meta-analysis of 18 different studies found that using hypnosis with CBT improved the effectiveness of the treatment for 70-90% of study participants.

Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Reduce anxiety & stress

A literature review found that there was significant evidence supporting hypnosis as a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.

Source: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

Wide-ranging effectiveness

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

Source: American Psychological Association

Power of the subconscious

A study conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota found that human behavior is strongly impacted by subconscious attitudes. You may lack awareness of these attitudes but they can powerfully influence your behavior, making you do things without knowing why.

Source: Scientific American

Long-lasting effects

Various studies have found that the effects of post-hypnotic suggestions steadily decrease during the first three weeks but with reinforcement can last 8 months to indefinitely.

Source: Journal of Experimental Psychology

Self-belief & self-efficacy

Researchers found that hypnosis treatment results in substantial increases in trait sports confidence, self-efficacy, positive affect, and performance in athletes.

Source: Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology

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