September 1, 2012

Hypnosis Alleviates Cancer Pain

Posted in Hypnosis, Hypnosis for Pain Management, Medical Hypnosis at 5:00 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

In 1996 a National Institutes of Health panel issued a statement published by the AMA indicating that there was “strong evidence for the use of hypnosis alleviating pain associated with cancer.” 

According to a study done at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida in 2000, indicated that “hypnosis offered a moderate to large analgesic effect for most types of pain”. 

Hypnosis has shown to be useful in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy in children and adults.  They had less nausea and vomiting as compared to a control group.  Children who learned self-hypnosis appeared to feel more control over their situation. 

The acceptance of hypnosis as a complementary mode of treatment in medicine has given rise to careful research into the result of using hypnosis as an adjunct.  According to a 2002 study on the effectiveness of adjunctive hypnosis with surgical patients reported in Anesthesia & Analgesia, “the use of live therapists and positive and appropriate semantics at the most receptive times were advocated to foster shorter hospital stays, earlier recovery, and improved patient well-being.  Hypnosis as an adjunct to surgery was believed to be successful for the majority of individuals with benefits such as decrease pain, anxiety, nausea, and recovery time.”

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists. For additional course details, visit our website at



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