Hypnotherapy

Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Hypnosis is regarded as an effective treatment for psychological and physical ailments. However, its efficacy as a strategy for managing chronic pain has not been assessed through meta-analytical methods. The objective of the current study was to conduct a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of hypnosis for managing chronic pain. When compared with standard care, hypnosis provided moderate treatment benefit. Hypnosis also showed a moderate superior effect as compared to other psychological interventions for a nonheadache group.

Author(s): 
Adachi, Tomonori
Fujino, Haruo
Nakae, Aya
Mashimo, Takashi
Sasaki, Jun
Publication Title: 
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

AIMS: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of hypnosis/relaxation therapy compared to no/minimal treatment in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). METHODS: Studies reviewed included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) where investigators randomized patients with TMD or an equivalent condition to an intervention arm receiving hypnosis, relaxation training, or hyporelaxation therapy, and a control group receiving no/minimal treatment.

Author(s): 
Zhang, Yuqing
Montoya, Luis
Ebrahim, Shanil
Busse, Jason W.
Couban, Rachel
McCabe, Randi E.
Bieling, Peter
Carrasco-Labra, Alonso
Guyatt, Gordon H.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Clinical evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of acute procedural pain was critically evaluated based on reports from randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs). Results from the 29 RCTs meeting inclusion criteria suggest that hypnosis decreases pain compared to standard care and attention control groups and that it is at least as effective as comparable adjunct psychological or behavioral therapies. In addition, applying hypnosis in multiple sessions prior to the day of the procedure produced the highest percentage of significant results.

Author(s): 
Kendrick, Cassie
Sliwinski, Jim
Yu, Yimin
Johnson, Aimee
Fisher, William
Kekecs, Zoltán
Elkins, Gary
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This study systematically reviews the hypnosis apps available via iTunes that were compatible with iPhone or iPad. Of 1455 apps identified on iTunes, 407 met inclusion criteria and were further reviewed. Most common hypnosis app targets were weight loss (23%), boosting self-esteem (20%), and relaxation/stress reduction (19%); 83% of apps delivered hypnosis via audio track, and 37% allowed tailoring. Less than 14% of apps reported disclaimers. None of the apps reported having been tested for efficacy, and none reported being evidence based.

Author(s): 
Sucala, Madalina
Schnur, Julie B.
Glazier, Kimberly
Miller, Sarah J.
Green, Joseph P.
Montgomery, Guy H.
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

INTRODUCTION: Many breast cancer patients and survivors experience pain and emotional stress related to their disease, its diagnostic procedures, or treatment. Hypnosis has long been used for the treatment of such symptoms. The aim of this review was to systematically assess the effectiveness of hypnosis in women with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and in women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsy.

Author(s): 
Cramer, Holger
Lauche, Romy
Paul, Anna
Langhorst, Jost
Kümmel, Sherko
Dobos, Gustav J.

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