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Scientific Research and Hypnotherapy

Effects of Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy on IBS in Different Clinical Settings—Results From Two Randomized, Controlled Trials.

Ocotber 2011

The American Journal of Gastroenterology has reported that, “Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been found to be effective in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, randomized, controlled studies are rare and few have been performed outside highly specialized research centers. The objective of this study was to study the effect of gut-directed hypnotherapy in IBS in different clinical settings outside the traditional research units. Two new studies also concluded “Gut-directed hypnotherapy is an effective treatment alternative for patients with refractory IBS, but the effectiveness is lower when the therapy is given outside the highly specialized research centers.” Read the artcile and academic notes by clicking here.

Impact of self hypnosis in women on select physiologic and psychological parameters.

March 2010

Research published on website of The National Center for Biotechnology Information (a US based organisation that advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information) reported on a study by Marquette University Nurse-Midwifery Program:

“Hypnosis is an innovative, low-technology, self-modulated approach that may contribute to stress reduction and health promotion. Parameters demonstrated increased parasympathetic nervous system activity associated with relaxation during and immediately after the hypnosis experience. Findings from this study suggest that nurses can include hypnosis information when advising healthy women about available stress reduction approaches, as well as tailor their nursing care for women who present using this alternative approach”. Read more here


March 2010

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NLP, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapists or Hypnotherapy In The News

Anthony Cotton`s treatment for Phobias

Antony Cotton the actor who plays “Sean Tully in the Coronation Street tv series has talked about receiving hypnotherapy for phobias (heights, claustrophoia and flying).  Read more here.

Monday 21st November 2011


“Hypno Banding”  or “Virtual Gastric Banding” continues excite the media and clients alike-  the use of this very powerful metaphor combined with  “anchoring” and “time line therapy” is generating hundreds of new fans of hypnotherapy. Read more here. Or here.

November 9th 2011.

Reuters Reports Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) New Studies Support Hypnotherapy

Reuters News Agency reports on new studies suggesting that cases of treatment resistant Irritiable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have responded very well to quality hypnotherapy. “In one study, which included 90 patients, 38 percent of hypnosis patients were treatment “responders” after 3 months — meaning their symptom scores had dropped by at least 25 percent. That compared with 11 percent of patients in the control group, who only received advice on diet and relaxation techniques. This study shows that hypnosis can work in real life, in the community setting, and not only the specialized research setting,”

Read more on the Reuters website here.


Daily Mail – Phobia Cure

“Mother overcomes fear of stairs after 38 years” using NLP and Hypnotherapy, has generated a lot of press in both the UK and USA. Here is the Daily Mail`s story. Phobia are probably the most “media” friendly stories about hypnotherapy and NLP.  Phobia cures are generally swift and effective and usually combine both time line and the NLP Fact Phobia Cure that is also called the Rewind.  The jouralist also gets to use an obscure word to describe the phobia and the lengths people will go to avoid their trigger.  Fear of stairs is apparently called “bathmophobia.”