Hypnotherapy Evidence

HypnoHarmony’s Research

Chnanis Kongsuwan, the therapist of HypnoHarmony is currently conducting a research study under the Doctorate in Health programme at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. The research is about implementing integrated positive psychology and hypnosis to enhance mental wellbeing and happiness. You can find out more about this research at agewelltherapy.co.uk.


Other Hypnotherapy Research

Many clinical studies have reported positive outcomes of implementing hypnotherapy to various physical conditions. For example:

Pain Management (Jensen and Patterson 2014; Patterson and Jensen 2003) – hypnotic treatment results significantly greater reductions in various measures of pain comparing to no-treatment and standard care.

Irrational Bowel Syndrome (Bremner 2013; Peter et al. 2013) – participants reported a decrease of symptoms severity and frequency.

Postmenopausal symptom (Elkins et al. 2013) – participants not only reported the reduced illness symptoms and improved sense of wellbeing and increased satisfaction with life.

Hypnosis also supported to decrease symptoms significantly in these psychological conditions:
Anxiety and Depression (Shenefelt 2013; Yapko 2006)
Stress (Cardeña et al. 2013; Spiegel 1988)
Eating disorder (Segal 2001; Young 1995)
Sleep disorder (Serban et al. 2013; Anderson et al. 1979).



Anderson, J.A., Dalton, E.R. & Basker, M.A., 1979. Insomnia and hypnotherapy. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 72(10), p. 734.

Bremner, H., 2013. Nurse-led hypnotherapy: an innovative approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 19(3), pp. 147-52.

Cardeña, E., Svensson, C. & Hejdström, F., 2013. Hypnotic tape intervention ameliorates stress: A randomized, control study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61(2), pp. 125-145.

Elkins, G., Johnson, A., Fisher, W., Sliwinski, J. & Keith, T., 2013. A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women. Int J Clin Exp Hypn, 61(3), pp. 342-50.

Jensen, M.P. & Patterson, D.R., 2014. Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: Clinical implications of recent research findings. American Psychologist, 69(2), pp. 167-177.

Patterson, D.R. & Jensen, M.P., 2003. Hypnosis and clinical pain. Psychological Bulletin, 129(4), pp. 495-521.

Peter, J., Tran, U., Michalski, M. & Moser, G., 2013. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Mental Disturbances – Long-Term Success of Abdominal-directed Group Hypnosis. Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift, 125(17-18), pp. 563-563.

Segal, R., 2001. Hypnosis in the treatment of an eating disorder. 1 ed. Australia: Australian Society of Hypnosis, pp. 26-36.

Serban, I.L., Padurariu, M., Ciobica, A., Cojocaru, D. & Lefter, R., 2013. THE ROLE OF HYPNOSIS AND RELATED TECHNIQUES IN INSOMNIA. Arch. Biol. Sci., 65(2), pp. 507-510.

Shenefelt, P.D., 2013. Anxiety reduction using hypnotic induction and self-guided imagery for relaxation during dermatologic procedures. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61(3), pp. 305-318.

Spiegel, D., 1988. Dissociation and hypnosis in post- traumatic stress disorders. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 1(1), pp. 17-33.

Yapko, M.D., 2006. Hypnosis and Treating Depression: Applications in Clinical Practice. New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Young, D., 1995. The use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of eating disorders. Contemporary Hypnosis, 12(2), pp. 148-153.