Presently, there is moderate support for the integration of hypnotic techniques in the treatment of a number of medical problems. This critical review of the research literature focuses on the empirical research on the effectiveness of hypnotic treatments as adjuncts to medical care for anxiety related to medical and dental procedures, asthma, dermatological diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hemorrhagic disorders, nausea and emesis in oncology, and obstetrics/gynecology

Pinnell, C. M., & Covino, N. A. (2000). Empirical findings on the use of hypnosis in medicine: A critical review. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48(2), 170-194. doi:10.1080/00207140008410047

GHT (Gut directed hypnotherapy)  improves IBS-related quality of life, is superior to supportive medical treatment alone, and shows a long-term effect even in refractory IBS.

Moser, G., Trägner, S., Gajowniczek, E. E., Mikulits, A., Michalski, M., Kazemi-Shirazi, L., . . . Miehsler, W. (2013). Long-Term Success of GUT-Directed Group Hypnosis for Patients With Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 108(4), 602-609. doi:10.1038/ajg.2013.19

Chemotherapy patients had less anticipatory and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. And feeling better, is the first step in recovery!

Richardson, J., Smith, J., Mccall, G., Richardson, A., Pilkington, K., & Kirsch, I. (2007). Hypnosis for nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy: A systematic review of the research evidence. European Journal of Cancer Care, 16(5), 402-412. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2006.00736.x

The results have shown that 73% of self-hypnosis subjects reported disappearance of tinnitus during treatment sessions, as compared with only 24% in the brief auditory stimulus group. Moreover, the short-term (1 week) and long-term (2 months) symptom profiles of only SH subject: revealed a significant improvement.

Attias, J., Shemesh, Z., Shoham, C., Shahar, A., & Sohmer, H. (1990). Efficacy of SelfHypnosis for Tinnitus Relief. Scandinavian Audiology, 19(4), 245-249. doi:10.3109/01050399009070779

Heart failure patients reported “Symptom-related quality of life was improved” when relaxation, meditation and guided imagery strategies were used to manage symptoms.

Kwekkeboom, K. L., & Bratzke, L. C. (2016). A Systematic Review of Relaxation, Meditation, and Guided Imagery Strategies for Symptom Management in Heart Failure. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 31(5), 457-468. doi:10.1097/jcn.0000000000000274

Immune System Response: Only hypnotized patients had significant alteration of immune response.

Ruzyla-Smith, P., Barabasz, A., Barabasz, M., & Warner, D. (1995). Effects of Hypnosis on the Immune Response: B-Cells, T-Cells, Helper and Suppressor Cells. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 38(2), 71-79. doi:10.1080/00029157.1995.10403185