Hypnosis has been used for a long time with much annecdotal evidence of its effectiveness in the relief of pain. As with many alternative or non-medical therapies, the historical lack of scientific statistics or proof of effectiveness has served to keep many people sceptical. Over the past 40 years or so, the growing body of scientific trials and analysis of hypnosis when used for pain relief have delivered an overwhelmingly positive assessment of its effectiveness for a wide range of issues.
In a 2019 report, researchers from the University of Greenwich in London, assessed whether hypnosis might be useful in the relief of pain. They collated and analyzed 85 existing studies.
Once the analysis was complete, the results came out in favour of hypnosis as a potentially useful analgesic said lead author Trevor Thompson, Ph.D.
“This is by far the largest review of its kind, examining the effects of hypnosis in over 3,500 people, and presents very compelling evidence. About 15% of the population are highly receptive to hypnosis, and those people saw just over a 40% drop in pain.
It was not just the people who were most susceptible to hypnosis who saw the benefits. Most people are moderately suggestible, and they experienced a 29% reduction in pain.”
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