Hypnosis Gaining Ground in Medicine – Columbia News

columbia.edu — In the world of conventional medicine, hypnosis has struggled to gain legitimacy as a therapeutic medical tool. More often, hypnosis is seen as a form of entertainment imbued with a certain vaudevillian quality that has made it the subject of ridicule. That misperception is changing, however, as neuroscientists over the last decade have stepped up their study of hypnosis. …

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How Hypnosis is Gaining Respect – NY Times

cnn.com — Hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists. Recent brain studies of people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on the suggestions, their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true …

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Hypnosis, Meditation, and Relaxation for Pain Treatment – WebMD

WebMD.com — Stress and pain are intimately related. When being in pain causes stress or being stressed worsens pain, psychological therapies — including hypnosis, meditation, and relaxation — may help break the cycle. For pain therapists, these treatments, which focus on the relationship between the mind and body, are considered mainstream. For other health professionals, they may be considered alternative or complementary therapies. Regardless of how they are labeled, there is evidence that for many people they work …

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The Power of Hypnosis – Psychology Today

The Power Of Hypnosis

Psychology Today — Nancy Jordan sat down in my office and lit a cigarette–a deadly habit, given her severe asthma and tobacco allergies. Jonathan Hunter, M.D.–my supervisor, her psychotherapist–was also in the room. He wanted to attend Nancy’s first hypnotherapy session to put the shy college sophomore at ease. I knew he was also eager to observe hypnosis. “Hunter,” as he was known, was supervising my graduate school psychotherapy program. Although Hunter was no hypnotist, I had taken a hypnosis course and had been practicing on volunteers for a semester. We agreed that he would direct me on general psychological aspects of Nancy’s treatment, my first hypnotherapy case …

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The Possibilities in Hypnosis, Where the Patient Has the Power – NY Times

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nytimes.com — My husband, Richard, smoked cigarettes for 50 years, having failed several attempts to quit on his own. When a friend told him in August 1994 that hypnosis had enabled her to quit, he decided to give it a try. “It didn’t work; I wasn’t hypnotized,” he declared after his one and only session. But it did work; since that day, he has not taken one puff of a cigarette …

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Hypnotism Spells Results For Team – BBC News

Hypnosis For Sports Enhancement

bbc.co.uk — Torquay United held Premiership club Birmingham City to a draw in the FA Cup last weekend and has been turning in good results in League Two. And it could all be thanks to the winning ways of supporters’ club chairman and hypnotist Chris Fleet …

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Use Hypnosis To Think Yourself Thin

By Laura Oates, CBS 11 News Reporter — Eating healthy is a good start if you’re trying to lose weight. But could hypnosis be another powerful tool? Doctors across the country are using it more and more to help people lose weight.

Beth Fredericks’s story is a familiar one. She was 30 pounds overweight and tried every diet under the sun.

“Nothing ever worked. Nothing ever worked,” said Fredericks, Hypnosis Patient.

So she opened her mind to a more unconventional approach: hypnosis.

During a session, hypnotherapist, Jean Fain puts Fredericks into a trance-like state. Fredericks says it kind of feels like being half-awake.

Then Fain starts feeding healthy suggestions into Fredericks ‘s subconscious.

So does it work?

“I look at fruits and vegetables more. They are much more appealing to me,” said Fredericks.

And this isn’t hocus-pocus. Studies have shown, when used by a trained therapist, hypnosis can help patients lose weight and keep it off.

Fain teaches other psychotherapists at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston. She says hypnosis is only part of the ongoing therapy. The other part is helping a patient understand why they’re overeating.

“The most important first lesson is learning that it’s not an instant cure–that they have some responsibility for their change,” said Jean Fain, Harvard Medical School.

Fredericks believes the conscious therapy helps her learn how much to eat, while the subconscious suggestions help her make good choices.

“The suggestion is in my head. I don’t have to do it so much, it’s kind of automatic,” said Fredericks.

As for the results, here’s some food for thought: Fredericks has slowly lost around 15 pounds, and says she never felt like she was on a diet.

Public release date: 8-Feb-2006

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5 Alternative Medicine Treatments That Work – CNN

cnn.com — Dr. Andrew Weil wasn’t sure exactly how he hurt his knee; all he knew was that it was painful. But instead of turning to cortisone shots or heavy doses of pain medication, Weil turned to the ancient Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. “It worked — my knee felt much better,” says Weil. Americans spend billions of dollars each year on alternative medicine, everything from chiropractic care to hypnosis …

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Interest in Reincarnation Is Growing – NY Times

Interest In Reincarnation Is Growing - Lisa Miller

nytimes.com — In one of his past lives, Dr. Paul DeBell believes, he was a caveman. The gray-haired Cornell-trained psychiatrist has a gentle, serious manner, and his appearance, together with the generic shrink décor of his office — leather couch, granite-topped coffee table — makes this pronouncement seem particularly jarring …

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