Hypnotherapy Evidence 

Kidderminster hypnotherapist explores the question asked by many " Does Hypnotherapy Work?"

There are a whole spectrum of question: "Does hypnosis work?"

There are a whole spectrum of question: "Does hypnosis work?"

Many people are sceptical about therapies such as hypnotherapy. The general questions cover the whole range of its potential effects. You may be at one end of the spectrum, concerned that hypnosis can get inside your brain and control your mind. 

During hypnosis you are still aware and no one can take control of your brain. Stage hypnosis may make this seem to be the case, but this isn't hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process with you working together with your therapist.  

At the opposite end of the spectrum you may question how can hypnotherapy possibly make any changes occur at all, its just talking isn't it?

Hypnotherapy is a powerful complementary therapy that was being used to help people long before the talking therapies we know today such as cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling.  

Although this therapy is not widely used by mainstream health services there is a growing foundation of research to support its use in many cases. For example, hypnotherapy has been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring IBS patients for hypnotherapy if their IBS persists and has not responded to prescribed medicine.

A review of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the British Medical Journal studied the existing research and concluded that hypnotherapy was proven to be effective in the treatment of insomnia and of value in the treatment of asthma (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies; BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349).This review also recognised the value of hypnosis in the management of pain and anxiety.

For more research evidence please visit the hypnotherapy research blog.

Selected research available on:

Hypnosis for childbirth

Pain Management


Cancer care

ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This flexible therapy can be applied to many issues but it is not a replacement for medical care or prescribed medication. Hypnotherapists can not diagnose illness or provide medical advise but they can work with you to help you overcome the barriers and make the changes you want.

To discuss your needs please do contact me.