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Can hypnotherapy really help to stop smoking?

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Author: Timothy P Carmody 1Carol DuncanJoel A SimonSharon SolkowitzJoy HugginsSharon LeeKevin Delucchi

This randomized controlled trial study was conducted to compare the results of patients who wanted to stop smoking when their therapy was either a combination of counselling therapy and nicotine patches, OR counselling therapy, nicotine patches and hypnotherapy.

286 smokers were involved in this study in San Francisco. Both the controlled and the treatment group had two x 60 minute sessions and received three follow up calls together with 2 months of nicotine patches.

After 6 months, 29% of the group which had received hypnosis treatment were showing they had been able to abstain for 7 days, whilst only 23% of counselling clients were showing the same results,

26% of the clients who had hypnosis, were still no longer smoking 6 months later. 12 months later, within this group 24% of clients were still not smoking compared to 16% for the behavioral group.

The authors quoted conclusion is “It was concluded that hypnosis combined with NP compares favorably with standard behavioral counseling in generating long-term quit rates.”

How do you follow up your clients who seek to stop smoking? and what results are you getting? Do let us know below as we know we have a strong success rate in Australia among our practitioners.

Publication: Nicotine Tob

Medical Hypnotherapy heals bones faster

Can Medical Hypnosis heal Bone Fractures

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Author: C S Ginandes 1D I Rosenthal

This is another clinical study looking at the results of using hypnosis within a clearly medical setting, with the intention of understanding if hypnosis does n fact make a different to physical healing and health improvements.

If we quote the authors, the intention of the study was to: “determine whether a hypnotic intervention accelerates bodily tissue healing using bone fracture healing as a site-specific test.”

The design of the study was a randomized controlled pilot study involving 12 healthy adult patients who presented to the orthopedic emergency department with bone fractures. They were divided into 2 groups and each received the normal physical care for their injury. The treatment group in addition to this had hypnotic interventions in the form of individual sessions and follow up audiotapes. The hypnotherapy was designed to specifically promote and support fracture healing.

From week 6 onward, those patients who had received hypnotic interventions, were showing a clear difference at their fracture edge and this trend continued through to week 9 after their injury. These patients had better healing, more ankle mobility, greater functional ability to move on uneven and ascending or descending surfaces. They also were using less analgesics.

Publication : The alternative Therapy Health Journal

Medical Hynosis improved wound healing rate

Does Medical Hypnosis improve post-surgical wound healing?

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Authors: Carol Ginandes 1Patricia BrooksWilliam SandoChristopher JonesJohn Aker

Medical hypnosis has been researched for decades, although most of the studies have focused on various functional applications. For example: reducing anxiety pre medical procedure, pain reduction, introduction to anesthesia etc. However, these authors show there have been very few studies done on the role hypnosis may play on physical healing of patients. Hence the term, medical hypnosis.

The authors report on a small randomized clinical trial involving 18 healthy women who underwent a surgical intervention using the same surgical protocols and post operative care. The patients were divided into 2 random groups: one receiving normal care and the other group receiving normal care plus hypnosis targetting faster wound healing.

Both groups received the same post operative assessments by medical staff who were unaware of the study taking place, the patients wounds were documented and assessed as per normal.

those patients who had experienced the hypnotic interventions, showed their wound healing was signtiicantly greater than their other groups over the normal 7 week post operative period.

To quote the authors, “Results of this preliminary trial indicate that use of a targeted hypnotic intervention can accelerate postoperative wound healing and suggest that further tests of using hypnosis to augment physical healing are warranted.”

Publication: American Journal Clinical hypnosis

Authors Carol Ginandes 1Patricia BrooksWilliam SandoChristopher JonesJohn Aker

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