NLP and Hypnotherapy Research

Quoted below are a selection of articles that refer to recent research studies.  Please click on the links to read the full articles.

Hypnotherapy Effective in Treating IBS Long-Term Improvement, Symptom Alleviation, QOL Improved

Hypnosis can be a highly effective treatment for the bowel disorder IBS. Studies involving a total of 346 patients conducted by researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, showed that hypnotherapy alleviated symptoms in 40 per cent of those affected – and that the improvement is long-term.


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NLP to help overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

An inspirational Hartismere High School sixth former, who has battled a debilitating health condition throughout her important exams, hopes to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity doing charitable research work in Africa this summer.

Emma Manning, 16, of Stoke Ash, has had a long-running battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The condition, which started from around the age of nine or ten, often leaves her feeling exhausted and in pain, and meant that during her GCSEs, she only managed a 22 per cent attendance record at school. Despite this, Emma passed six GCSEs, gaining an A in Physics.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is difficult to diagnose – no primary cause has been found to explain all cases, and the symptoms come and go.

The turnaround in Emma’s health came when her parents paid for neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)- a treatment which helps patients process negative thought-processes and overcome stress.

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Hypnotherapy and mental health

Its roots may date back to a mysterious and bygone world, but the modern practice of clinical hypnotherapy is gaining ground as an effective weapon against a variety of mental health issues, writes Belinda Smart.

Leon W. Cowen, executive director of the Academy of Applied Hypnosis, is unambiguous when asked if hypnotherapy can assist in the realm of mental health.

“The short answer is yes. The current research supports this but there is more research to be done. The effectiveness of hypnosis has been and is being researched for areas such as relaxation, pain control and irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical hypnotherapy is particularly effective in anxiety disorders such as phobias and areas such as insomnia and other stress related conditions.”


Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation

One of the largest scientific comparison for smoking cessation, hypnotherapy was shown to be the most effective when it comes to kicking the habit.

A meta-analysis, statistically combine findings of over 600 studies of 72,000 people from the United States and Europe in order to compare various methods to quit smoking. On average, hypnosis was shown to be more than three times effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times more effective than quitting smoking on their own. (New Scientist 10/10/92).


Hypnotherapy to treat menopausal hot flushes

Hot flushes are caused by a lack of estrogen in the body, so the most co way to treat them is by replacing the hormone.

However, women with breast cancer very often have estrogen-sensitive tumors that may come back if they take hormone-replacement therapy.

As a result, they must endure the hot flushes, which significantly impact their quality of life.

The study, which took place in 2008 out of Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, examined the effectiveness of hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, versus medication as relief from hot flushes, and was the first study to compare complementary therapy with medication for this purpose.

According to the study’s abstract, Dr. MacLaughlan concluded that her project provides evidence supporting the use of hypnotherapy for the treatment of hot flushes and emphasizes the need to perform further studies aimed at defining evidence-based recommendations for CAM (Complementary and alternative medicine therapies).


Hypnotherapy to help with IBS

Hypnosis may help some people with stubborn cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find some relief from their symptoms, a new study suggests.

A number of studies since the 1980s have found that “gut-directed” hypnosis can help some people with IBS when standard treatment fails. The new study is different in that patients were treated by therapists in their communities rather than at highly specialized medical centers.

So, the researchers say, the findings give a better idea of how hypnosis might work for IBS in the “real world.”