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The 1890s – In 1892 a team of doctors was commissioned by the (BMA) British Medical Association to evaluate the effects of hypnotherapy. After the evaluation was completed the committee came back with a report that they were more than satisfied with the genuineness of the hypnotic state.
The committee believed that hypnosis was very effective at alleviating many ailments like problems sleeping (insomnia), overcoming anxiety disorders, and pain relief.
The 1950s – In 1955 a sub-committee of the (BMA) British Medical Association called the “Psychological Medicine Group” led by the eminent T. Ferguson Rodger was commissioned to do another more comprehensive report about hypnosis.
After they had consulted with many of the leading experts in the field of hypnosis for over two years they completed a report which was published by the British Medical Journal which was titled “Medical use of hypnotism”.
The report stated that hypnotism should be considered for use in medical practice. The committee also commented on how hypnosis was a very valuable tool that could be used for psychosomatic disorders.
Hypnosis had proved very useful in the removal of the symptoms of unwanted habits, behaviors, and emotions. The committee also concluded that hypnotism was not only effective in the treatment of psychiatric disabilities but also could be useful in the production of analgesia, anesthesia, dental procedures, surgical procedures, and pain relief in childbirth. In the same edition of the journal, they published that they had discovered an abundance of evidence from the last 100 years that hypnotism works.
In 1958 The (AMA) American Medical Association produced a more comprehensive report which not only endorsed the BMA report from 1955 but stated that they had concluded that self-hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical profession recognizing the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating illness when used by professional dentists and medical professionals. Hypnotherapy was also recognized by the AMA who rendered hypnotherapy as an orthodox treatment.
The 1990s In 1955 in the United States of America the “National Institute for Health” put together an official statement which concluded that hypnosis was very effective in helping patients with overcoming chronic pain for cancer sufferers as well as other conditions such as tension, headaches, jaw pain and (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome.
More research was compiled by the (BMJ) British Medical Journal about hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies which concluded that hypnotherapy could also be used effectively for nausea, overcoming panic disorders, phobias, stopping anxiety, weight control, and asthma.
2001 The British Psychological Society commissioned a report by experts in the field of psychology entitled “The Nature of Hypnosis” in which the remit was to produce a statement about the application of hypnosis for clinical purposes, entertainment, and training.
They concluded that enough studies had been published and accumulated to suggest that hypnotic procedures may benefit patients in the treatment of many conditions in the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, and psychiatry.
They noted that evidence existed that hypnotic procedures were very effective in overcoming the symptoms of psychosomatic illness which included migraines, gastric-intestinal complaints, irritable bowel syndrome as well as skin complaints like eczema hives, and psoriasis. There was also evidence to show that self-hypnosis could significantly help with weight control and stop smoking.
2003 Erich Flammer and Dr. Walter Bongartz from the University of Konstanz in Germany published their analysis on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. They examined data related to psychosomatic illness, stop smoking, anxiety, and pain relief. They showed that hypnotherapy was very effective in overcoming many different medical problems.
Undoubtedly the boundaries of hypnotherapy in modern times will be significantly moved forward thanks to the work of Dave Elman, Ormond McGill, Milton Erickson, Gerald Kein, and many other professional hypnotherapists.
It’s my ambition as a hypnotherapist to play my part in what has to be one of the most challenging and best professions in the world. If you are looking to find hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne to help you quit smoking or lose weight pick up the phone and give me a call.