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Clinical Applications of Hypnosis


What can hypnosis help to treat?

Hypnosis has been used as an adjunct to medical practice for centuries, but only in the last decades have medical applications of hypnosis been extensively researched. As a result of scientific studies proving that hypnosis can be just as affective (or sometimes even superior) to many standard treatment procedures, the American Medical Association officially approved teaching of hypnosis for clinical purposes in 1958. The American Psychological Association did the same in 1960 for the field of psychology. The National Institute of Health technology assessment panel has recognized hypnosis in the treatment of a variety of disorders and recommends its integration into medical practice.

Many hospitals and medical centers throughout the US now offer hypnosis to their patients. For example: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Stanford University Hospital And Clinics in San Francisco, California, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Listed below are a few examples of medical conditions which respond favorably to hypnotherapy, as evidenced by medical research studies:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia pain, back pain, TMJ pain, pelvic pain, neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, burn pain, surgical and post-surgical pain, labor pain, cancer pain, etc.
  • Psychological disorders
  • Depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc.
  • Exam and other performance anxieties
  • Fear of public speaking; sports, arts, music performance anxiety, etc.
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Stuttering
  • Sleep disorders
  • Insomnia, snoring, restless leg syndrome, etc.
  • Eating disorders
  • Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, obesity
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Impotence, erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia, premature ejaculation, etc.
  • Habit disorders
  • Nail biting, pulling hair, thumb sucking, etc.
  • Grinding teeth, clenching teeth, vocal and motor tics
  • Addictions
  • Smoking, over-eating, alcohol or drug addiction, etc.
  • Infertility
  • Incontinence, over-active bladder, shy bladder, urinary retention, bed-wetting, etc.
  • Tinnitus
  • IBS, CIBO, peptic ulcer, esophageal reflux, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other GI disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Premenstrual and menopausal syndromes
  • Warts, skin itching, eczema, psoriasis, herpes,and other dermatological disorders
  • Tourrette’s syndrome, stroke, Bell’s palsy, and other neurological disorders
  • Nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, anesthesia or pregnancy
  • Hemophilia (control of blood flow)
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Allergies, asthma
  • Hypnosis can be used in addition to (or instead of) chemical anesthesia during surgery or child-birth; it is also valuable during preparations for surgery and recovery process after surgical procedures

In addition to medical applications of hypnosis, hypnotherapy can be used for self-improvement or improvement of work, school or sports performance.

Read more about our uses of hypnotherapy for self-improvement and management of medical conditions >

“The self-hypnosis I learned through hypnotherapy with Teresa helps me control symptoms of IBS I have struggled with for many years. I have finally stopped being a victim of my disease and took control over my body.”

“Hypnosis in the best relaxation tool I have ever found. I have practiced meditation, I’ve done yoga and chakra work, I have many books and relaxation CDs and DVDs, but none of these have worked as well for me as hypnosis.” Read more about what our former patients say >



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Watch video testimonials and read what our former patients say about hypnosis at New Body ~ New Mind.

Would you like to schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, simply fill out our appointment request form online or give us a call at 617-969-8995. Prior to scheduling of your first appointment, we will conduct a telephone interview to determine if hypnotherapy is an appropriate option for you. If you are a good candidate for hypnotherapy, we’ll schedule your appointment and e-mail (or mail) you a questionnaire. We will ask you to return the questionnaire at least one week prior to your first hypnosis session. Your answers will help us further clarify the issues discussed during the telephone interview, enabling us to better prepare your hypnotherapy sessions.

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