Hypnosis: What Works
- During 1989, Dr. Giuseppe de Benedittis
of the University of Milan demonstrated that hypnosis had a positive effect on
the relief of pain due to ischemic heart disease with those patients who had
high hypnotic susceptibility.
- A 1991 study by Dr. Edwin J. Weinstein
and Dr. Phillip K. Au found that hypnotized patients undergoing the painful
procedure of angioplasty could keep the balloon used in this procedure inflated
25 percent longer than nonhypnotized patients, reducing the need for surgery.
- In fibromyalgia patients, eight sessions
of hypnotism reduced muscle pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance, according to
Hanerdos in 1991.
- A 1993 study using hypnosis for smoking
cessation by Dr. David Spiegel, an expert in hypnosis at Stanford University
School of Medicine, evidenced a 23 percent success rate in quitting smoking.
- Most significantly, a study conducted in
1989, also by Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford, found that social support and
group therapy doubled survival time for women with metastatic breast cancer.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R.
permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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