Experts and Media

Here's what experts and the media
say about hypnosis

"Studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress,and ease feelings of anxiety."
- University of Maryland Medical Center Website, 2008

"Many studies have shown that hypnotic suggestion can prompt changes in the brain's processing center."
- Seed Magazine, October 2006

"Hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds."
- Consumer Reports, January 2005

"Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever."
- Consumer Reports, January 2005

"I should have done it years ago. It's amazing. I didn't even want cigarettes anymore."
Matt Damon describing his hypnosis experience to Jay Leno
- The Tonight Show, December 2004

"Hypnosis can help. A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain."
- Newsweek, September 2004

"Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally occurring state of concentration. It's actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body."
Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine
- Jane Pauley Show, September 2004

"Want to lose weight? Kick a bad habit? Well you might want to try hypnosis! No longer regarded as mere hocus-pocus, it's been shown as an effective means of helping people quit smoking, shed pounds, reduce stress, and end phobias."
- Jane Pauley Show, September 2004

"Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight."
Harvard Medical School psychotherapost Jean Fain
- Oprah Magazine, August 2004

"In hypnosis, you can attain significant psych-physiologic changes."
Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institute of Health
- New York Times, June 2004

"Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Associaation in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institute of Health."
- The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland), April 2004

"Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology. Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders."
- Business Week, February 2004

"There's entrancing news about hypnosis; it's gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder."
- Business Week, February 2004

"On hypnosis...His total loss, 35 pounds."
Losing It! The Ultimate Diet Challenge
- Dateline NBC, January 2004

"Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body."
- Wall Street Journal, 2003

"These days, as many people accept that stress can exacerbate illness, the potential curative power of hypnosis is becoming more acceptable, too."
- Wall Street Journal, 2003

"The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions, or physical well-being."
- The Mayo Clonic, December 2003

"Hypnosis often is used to modify behavior and overcome phobias and bad habits - it can help you make changes that you've been unable to make otherwise."
- National Women's Health Resource Center, November 2004

"Throughout the medical mainstream, it's common to be used for addiction and psychotherapy."
Diane Sawyer
- Good Morning America, June 2002

"Can hypnosis help you lose weight? I'm 32 Pounds Lighter."
Ira Allen, Center for the Advancement of Health
- Washingtonian, March 2002

"Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful hypnosis does help people reduce."
- Smithsonian Magazine, March 1999

"It is employed today to combat phobias, control bad habits and enhance performance."
- Smithsonian Magazine, March 1999

"Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them."
- Psychology Today, September 1996

"Today it's considered a respected therapeutic tool, a well established method of reaching the subconscious mind. Many patients have tried it and successfully cut back on smoking or overeating."
Connie Chung
- Eye-to-Eye, December 1994

"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit."
New Scientist, October 1992

"The technique has been accepted by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association."
Martin Orne, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
- Newsweek, November 1986

Originally compiled by the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI).

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