Research now supports the understanding in which the divisions between the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices activate differently when a person is in hypnotic responding. We have now identify when and where hypnosis occurs in the brain.
Clinical trials demonstrated proven efficacy for a variety of issues such as pain relief, irritable bowel disorder, anxiety relief, and smoking cessation.
A move away from a “non-state” model of hypnosis supports the techniques of conversational hypnosis for change.
The effectiveness of hypnosis as an intervention for obesity: A meta-analytic review.
Cancer patients found relief of fears and physical symptoms through hypnotic suggestion.
Client-directed posthypnotic suggestion proved to have long-term efficacy well after live sessions were performed.
This study helps to establish the appropriate positioning of hypnosis as in integrative part of medical care. Rather than a potentially dangerous claim to cure a disease, it demonstrated how a hypnotist may support someone already seeking appropriate medical care.
Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation
A rapid approach was tested through hypnosis rather than an extended multiple session program.
Of the 43 people hypnotized to quit smoking, 39 remained free of hypnosis at the conclusion of the study.
While many people who try to stop smoking on their own crash and backslide after a week or two, 90.7% of those who were hypnotized were still smoke-free during checkpoints ranging from six months to three years later.
Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long‐Term Abstinence
An extensive blind study was performed in which 71 people were given the task to quit smoking. 38 were hypnotized to quit, and 33 were in the control group.
All of the participants received educational coaching to assist in their stop smoking, while the hypnosis group practiced hypnotic imagery to support their goal.
After a two-year period, the hypnosis group was twice as likely to have remained free of cigarettes, and hypnosis was proven to be “an effective intervention for long‐term smoking cessation and abstinence in adult smokers.”
Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments—Another meta-reanalysis.