Published Research on Hypnosis

Published Research about the studies on hypnosis is supported by renowned institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic  

Numerous studies — from weight reduction and smoking cessation to pain control and stress management — conclude that hypnotherapy is more effective and longer lasting than other methods of behavioral change and stress management.

We have provided links to some studies here for your review and will update our website as new research findings become available.

Studies on Hypnosis for Pain Management

  • Researchers from the University of Washington and Texas A & M University compared outcomes of 13 studies on hypnosis in treating chronic pain to either baseline data or a control condition. They found that hypnotic interventions consistently produced significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic pain problems. Also, hypnosis was found to be more effective in reducing pain than physical therapy, and patient education.
  • Research on hypno-analgesia found significant reductions in reported pain scores, the need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals when hypnosis is used to reduce sensitivity to pain.

Studies on Hypnosis for Weight Reduction

  • A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology concluded that a weight management program that included hypnosis was over 30 times more effective than a weight management program without hypnosis. The study evaluated 60 patients for two years and found that those who received hypnosis continued to lose weight, others experienced little change.
  • Another study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that adding hypnosis to a weight reduction program more than doubled its effectiveness and that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.

Studies on Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

  • A University of Iowa analysis reviewing the findings of more than 600 studies involving 72,000 patients in the United States and Europe found that hypnosis was three times more effective than the nicotine patch, and 15 times more effective than willpower alone to quit smoking.
  • The University of Washington School of Medicine reported a 90.6% success rate for smoking cessation for 6 months to three years after hypnosis.
  • A study published in the Journal of Nursing Science found that smokers who had undergone hypnosis were more than twice as likely to remain smoke-free after two years.