Researchers investigated hypnosis in weight loss of 60 women, minimum 20% overweight. Procedure included group hypnosis with metaphors, ego strengthening, decision-making and motivation, as well as ideo-motor response in individual hypnosis sessions, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. As a result, hypnosis group achieved approximately 17 lbs loss, while control group achieved 0.5 lbs on follow-up.
Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
A group of 109 overweight people received a behavioral treatment with or without hypnosis. Both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. The progress check-up at 8-month and 2-years, revealed that hypnosis recipients continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed minute or no change.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)
Researchers investigated 18 studies matching cognitive-behavioral methods for example, relaxation training, guided imagery, self-monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy powered by hypnosis. A group that received hypnosis continued to release weight 24 month post-treatment, maintaining 90% more success rate over the group employing other approaches.
University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.
39 out of 43 subjects who had hypnotic treatment procedure were clear from tobacco use at follow-up (from 6 – 36 month following treatment). This stands for 90.6% success rate achieved through hypnotic program.
University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.
A field study of 186 male and female CMHC outpatients evaluated and employed hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women recorded continued restraint from smoking through hypnosis.Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion.
Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.
Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.
Evaluation of 71 smokers revealed that after a 24-month follow up, patients that had hypnotic smoking cessation were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit solo.
Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.
Hypnosis is the most successful method to discontinue smoking, established through a major scientific evaluation of means of breaking the habit. Researchers combined outcome of more than 600 studies of 72,000-tobacco addicts from America and Europe to evaluate different methods of quitting. Hypnosis stood out showing over three times the success as nicotine substitution methods and 15 times more success than using self-cessation.
University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)