Hypnotherapy is gaining ever wider acceptance in the mainstream as people become more aware of how hypnosis works. This section contains articles written by hypnotists as well as mainstream media publications about what hypnosis is and why it keeps gaining more popularity.

If you have written or come across an article about hypnosis, please let us know. This list will continue to grow with time, so check back soon.

Wall Street Journal Article

HEALTH: Hypnosis gaining respectability among doctors, patients BY MICHAEL WALDHOLZ Wall Street Journal Hypnosis, often misunderstood and almost always controversial, is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine. Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The new findings are leading […]

Pain Relief for Chronic Conditions

Pain Relief and Management for Chronic Conditions James Duncan, C.Ht. © 2003 Almost any person can be trained through hypnosis for pain management, to relieve anxiety, regain muscle control and to respond positively to treatment of any kind. Suggestions are given for controlling pain and discomfort if it becomes particularly intense, but leaves the client […]

Pain in the Brain

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 8-AUG-2004 Pain in the brain: It’s not what you imagine Researchers are one step closer to unravelling the mystery of medically unexplained pain such as chronic low back pain, which continues to baffle doctors. A study exploring the experience of pain in hypnotised volunteers has found that some types of pain which […]

Mayo Clinic Staff on Hypnosis

Hypnosis: An altered state of consciousness By Mayo Clinic staff Have you ever been totally absorbed while reading a book or cooking or watching a movie? Did you zone out to the point where you didn’t notice what else was going on around you? If so, you have experienced a type of trancelike state or […]

Hypnotism gaining respect in medicine as useful tool

ENTERPRISE From the November 15, 2002 print edition Hypnotism gaining respect in medicine as a useful tool Danek S. Kaus About a dozen people sit in a dimly lit circle of comfortable chairs. The people are deeply relaxed as they listen to a voice guide them through images designed to promote healthy bodies. That might […]

Hypnosis Really Changes Your Mind

Hypnosis really changes your mind 13:28 10 September 04 NewScientist.com news service Hypnosis is more than just a party trick, it measurably changes how the brain works, says a UK researcher. Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, says John Gruzelier, a psychologist at […]

Hypnosis In Surgery

Health briefings September 12, 2005 Times You won’t feel a thing . . . by Liz Bestic Hypnosedation may reduce the need for general anaesthetic How amusing it is to see hypnotists make people cluck like chickens or bark like dogs. But while their art is seen by many as a form of entertainment, new […]

Hypnosis gains Acceptance in Health Care

Published on 07/21/1997 Hypnosis gains acceptance in health care By Clyde Noel / Town Crier Staff Writer Ever go upstairs, or walk in a room, and when you get there you’ve forgotten why you came? Or, maybe you were driving on the freeway and started to daydream and went past your exit and wondered where […]

Hypnosis for Pain and Anxiety by Anne Spencer

HYPNOSIS FOR PAIN AND ANXIETY An alternative tested in the procedure room. by Anne H. Spencer, Ph.D. A Prospective, randomized trial described in the April 29, 2000, Lancet evaluated the effectiveness of hypnosis – termed “nonpharmacologic analgesia” – in easing pain and anxiety associated with undergoing minimally invasive surgical procedures such as angiograms and angioplasties […]

Hypnosis and Religious Faith by Paul Durbin

HYPNOSIS & RELIGIOUS FAITH by Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D. Durbin before a lecture on “Hypnosis and Religion” A few years ago, I read an article in Family Weekly titled, “Boom Days For Devil Hypnosis” Hearing that title: what ideas, images, thoughts come to you? Thought the article had what I considered a very negative […]

How do you talk about Dis-Ease

How Do You Talk About Dis-Ease? By James Duncan, CHt © 2005 One of the most important factors in achieving wellness or creating and maintaining health is the way in which we think and talk about our health and the challenges we face in our health. Unfortunately so many people are completely unaware of how […]

Helping Phantom Limb Pain

Helping Phantom Limb Pain by Toni Ray Over the years scientists have noted many complaints of a strange form of pain called phantom limb pain. This pain is strange because it is located in an appendage that no longer exists. By many of the amputees the pain is described as totally unbearable. Phantom limb pain […]

Healing Thought by Jim Duncan

Healing Thought From The Strangest Places James Duncan, CHt While going through some of my mother’s belongings after her passing. In the corner of a closet, I discovered a cannonball. I had never seen it, it in spite of having helped her move twice. Why did my mother have this strange item? I found it […]

Fresh Face of Hypnosis

The fresh face of hypnosis: an old practice finds news uses – New Wisdom Better Homes & Gardens, Feb, 2004, by Debra Gordon Last year, Andrea Tickle was pregnant with her first child. To combat the pain of childbirth, she could have chosen an epidural or narcotics but decided, instead, on a drug-free approach. To […]

Finding Spiritual Peace by Jim Duncan

Finding Spiritual Peace “trying too hard too hard to be spiritual is an expression of fear…thinking too much about interior peace, destroys interior peace. The patient who constantly checks his pulse, is not doing anything to get better.” WORKING at something just draws attention to when we fall short of whatever it is we THINK […]

Explaining Hypnosis without Understanding it

Explaining Hypnosis without Understanding It By James W. Duncan, CHt © 2004 How does it work, this hypnosis thing? There are so many ways to attempt to explain the workings of the mind and yet no one really knows how it works. And hypnosis, well that is a whole other thing that is probably never […]

Entrancing News About Hypnosis

There’s Entrancing News About Hypnosis It’s gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder Hypnosis helped James Williams cut back on his drinking eight years ago. So when he developed a fear of flying after September 11, he again sought hypnotic relief. “I had always thought […]

Doctors Find recovery in Healing Trances

From the Los Angeles Times Hypnotic reach Doctors find recovery is aided by helping patients into healing trances. By Benedict Carey Times Staff Writer January 5, 2004 Hypnosis transports some people beyond serenity and absorption to a state of pure silliness. A solemn voice whispering to relax, breathe deeply and imagine a waterfall can bring […]

Chronic Pain to Discomfort by Fr. Martin Patton

Recent changes effective last January 1st (2001) are requiring hospitals and doctors to treat pain. New standards require that every patient’s pain be measured regularly from the time they check in and proper pain relief begun. The patients will rate their pain from zero, no pain, to 10, the worst pain imaginable. Physicians will prescribe […]

Body/Mind Connection by Anne Spencer

THE BODY/MIND CONNECTION: WHY HYPNOSIS IS THEIDEAL INTERVENTION   by Anne H. Spencer, Ph.D. Lilly Tomlin once said, “When I speak to God, they call it prayer. When God speaks to me, they call it schizophrenia!” A decade ago when I told clients that we could talk to their immune cells and make a change […]

Changing Pains by Dan Cleary

  Changing Pains Daniel F. Cleary, C.Ht. When we encounter the opportunity to assist in the reduction, or elimination of discomfort on any level it is essential to keep in mind the basic understanding that these symptoms have purpose. Refer client to a qualified practitioner to assure proper diagnosis. Then offer assistance in cooperation with […]

BBC News On Pain in the Mind

BBC News Mystery pain ‘is all in the mind’ Mysterious pain, such as lower back pain, may originate in the brain rather than the body, according to a study. Scientists from University College London and the University of Pittsburgh carried out tests on eight people. Some were hypnotised and told they were in pain. Others […]