Hypnosis has been used for over 100 years in various forms. However, there has been much controversy about the actual state of hypnosis and whether it is effective in helping people overcome anxiety and various disorders.
In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) had a group of doctors evaluate hypnotherapy’s effects. This group concluded that the hypnotic state was a genuine state and that the effectiveness of hypnotherapy was apparent in relieving sleeplessness, anxiety disorders, and pain.
In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA authorized Professor T. Ferguson Rodger to lead a Subcommittee to publish a more detailed report on hypnosis and its effectiveness. The Subcommittee interviews many experts on hypnosis from different fields to learn more about the effectiveness of hypnosis.
After a two-year period of researching, it concluded that there was enough evidence to show that hypnotism can be effective in treating certain disorders and “psychoneurosis,” as well as possibly identifying and addressing unrecognized motives within subjects. The Subcommittee concluded that hypnosis can help to eliminate symptoms and change very dire and/or harmful behaviors and thoughts.
In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) essentially agreed with that Subcommittee, concluding that hypnosis had its place in the medical community and can be a useful technique in treating certain diseases and disorders if properly utilized by qualified medical personnel.
It’s important to note that the AMA considered hypnotherapy as an “orthodox” or standard treatment (not a treatment that was considered unusual or alternative). This report was approved by the Reference Committee on Hygiene, Public Health, and Industrial Health.
In 1995, the U.S. National Institute for Health (NIH) formed a Technology Assessment Conference that published an extensive report on treating insomnia and chronic pain via behavioral and relaxation approaches.
The summary of that report stated that there was strong evidence of hypnosis’s effectiveness 去暗瘡疤 in alleviating chronic pain that was caused by cancer.
Additionally, there was also evidence showing that hypnosis could help to reduce the pain caused by such conditions as tension headaches, jaw pain, pain and swelling of the mucus membrane, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
In 1999, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) produced a Clinical Review on the state of current medical research regarding hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies. In that review, there were several affirmative conclusions reached on how hypnosis and relaxation could help alleviate the pain, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety caused by cancer.
Hypnosis and relaxation were also found to be effective in combination with cognitive therapeutic methods (such as sleep hygiene) to treat insomnia, panic disorders, and phobias. The review also stated that there was evidence showing that hypnosis had some value in treating asthma.
One claim that the review could not affirm was that hypnosis could prolong life, a claim made by some hypnotists.