As I work more with referrals from physicians and increase my specializing in pain management, stress
management, and complementary medical hypnotism, I thought that a new section specifically for medical
professionals would be appropriate. This section also discusses the workshops that I have created
specifically for medical professionals.
This section will continue to be developed, so please check back for updates.
This section will include brief overviews of
• The shared history of medicine and hypnotism
• Six most common ways hypnotism could be used to help patients
• Information about the of practice of hypnotists
• Information about referrals to hypnotists
• References to publications written for the medical community on the effectiveness and safety of
• Hypnotism Used Complementary to Medical Care
• Workshops I have designed specifically for the medical community
• Information about my additional advanced training for complementary medical hypnotism and
hypnotism for pain and discomfort management
(NOTE: Portions of the following originally appeared in slightly different format as my article
"Hypnotism Can Help Your Patients and You" in the July/August 2005 issue of the Westchester Physician,
published by the Westchester County Medical Society.)
Hypnotism as complementary to medical treatment is of growing interest for both the medical community
and patients. Increasingly, patients are more aware of the uses of hypnotism from the popular press, such
as Reader’s Digest (November 2003), Newsweek’s Mind-Body issue (September 2004), Discover
(November 2004), Allure (January 2005), and Scientific America Mind (June 2005) as well as Golf Digest
(July 2004). There is a growing body of literature reporting experimental results for using hypnosis, some of
which are listed below.
The six most common ways hypnotism could be used as complementary to medical treatment include
helping patients to
• Stop smoking
• Reduce weight
• Lower stress and learn relaxation techniques
• Manage pain
• Improve sleep
• Learn to do self-hypnosis by themselves (“autohypnosis”) and use positive suggestions
Hypnotism can help support lifestyle and habit changes, such as eating healthy nutritious food and
exercising more often. For other areas where hypnotism might be helpful, see the articles listed below.
LITERATURE ON EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF HYPNOTISM
The following four sources might be of especial interest to medical professionals.
1. Literature Review of research articles published 1966-2004, including discussion of result of using
hypnotism for allergies, asthma, childbirth anesthesia, fibromyalgia, headaches, IBS, improved healing from
surgery, reduction of adverse effects of chemotherapy, and tinnitus.
Steward J. Hypnosis in Contemporary Medicine. Mayo Clin Proc, 005;80(4):511-524.
2. Chapters on a variety of medical specialties and topics, including: anesthesia and surgery, emergency
room, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, oncology, patients with respiratory problems,
dentistry, nursing, and psychotherapy. There are also chapters on what is hypnosis, historical perspective on
medical hypnosis, and psychoneuroimmunology.
Temes, R. Medical Hypnosis: An Introduction and Clinical Guide, New York: NY: Churchill Livingstone; 1999
3. Classic experimental research from Stanford University. Discusses the use of hypnosis to control clinical
pain such as in childbirth, medical or dental surgery, burns or other accidental injuries, cancer, and chronic
Hilgard ER and Hilgard JR. Hypnosis in the Relief of Pain. Rev. ed. Levittown, PA: Brunner/Mazel Inc.;
4. Scientific study of hypnosis, nearly 600 pages long, includes reviews by some 28 well-known researchers
on the research, theory, and practice of hypnosis.
Fromm E and Nash M. Contemporary Hypnosis Research. New York: Guilford Press; 1992
Approach and Background
What Clients Say
Hypnosis to Reduce Stress
Hypnosis to Stop Smoking
Hypnosis to Lose Weight
Hypnosis to Stop Nail Biting
Hypnosis to Improve Sleep
Hypnosis for Pain Management (requires written referral from your doctor)
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