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What research say about hypnosis (hypnotherapy) for pain?

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Research shows that medical hypnosis can help with both sudden (acute) and long-term (chronic) pain from cancer, burns, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also ease the anxiety some people feel before surgery.

When researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York analyzed 18 studies, they found moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting its use for pain management.

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

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