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One of the top medical references, the Merck Manual, notes that “because of the abundance of scientific evidence backing the benefits of mind-body techniques, many of the approaches are now considered mainstream.” Merck Manual includes the following in their list:

  • Meditation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Guided imagery
  • Hypnotherapy (hypnosis)
  • Biofeedback states that “the patients who chose to participate in a hypnotherapy session were more likely to be non-smokers six months later than patients who chose nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone.” In Alternative Methods for Quitting Smoking: Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Meditation at


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Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School describes the effectiveness, and applications, of hypnosis in an article found in Harvard’s Medical School University paper, The Gazette:

The Mayo Clinic highly praises hypnosis as a powerful and effective way to enhance the healing process or make impressive personal transformation:

“The medical hypnosis program offered by the Stanford Center of Integrative Care is designed to be an integrated component of a patient's overall medical care.”
Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM)


“Hypnosis May Lower Costs Of Breast Surgery,” Ca Cancer Journal Of Clinicians 58:3-4, 2008

Akira Otani, “Eastern Meditative Techniques and Hypnosis: A New Synthesis,” American Journal of Hypnosis October, 2003

J. P. Green, S.J. Lynn, “Hypnosis and suggestion-based approaches to smoking cessation: an examination of the evidence,” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48, no. 2, 2000

G. Sorensen, B. Beder, C. Prible, “Reducing Smoking at the Workplace: Implementing a Smoking Ban and Hypnotherapy,” The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 37, no. 4, 1995

Popular Citations

“Possible Solutions to Childhood Anxiety, Bed-wetting, and Asthma” CBS News looks into using hypnosis for children. CBS also reported a recent survey showing that 2/3 of all US doctors are referring patients for hypnosis…

CBS News Mobile “Hypnosis Isn't Fakery, Scientific American Article Suggests…

Dr. Phil Show, he recommends it in “I Live in Constant Fear”

Patrick Austin, “Hypnosis Weight Loss”


The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards


American Hypnosis Association

International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association

International Association of Counsellors and Therapists

Coachville – Founding Member

International Alliance of Professional Hypnotists

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