Is hypnosis real? Absolutely yes! Hypnosis has been studied for thousands of years and it is very definitely a very real phenomenon.
In 1892, a team from the British Medical Association commissioned to research hypnosis reported that they were satisfied as to “the genuineness of the hypnotic state”.
This team of researchers also said “ the committee is of the opinion that, as a therapeutic agent, hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments (i.e., psycho-somatic complaints and anxiety disorders)." (British Medical Journal, 1892)
Then in 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a study, led by Prof. T. Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second more comprehensive report on hypnosis. They found "The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence, that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psychosomatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognized motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee, it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior. In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour."
In 1958, the American Medical Association similarly conducted a report on hypnotherapy and likewise approved hypnosis as a legitimate therapeutic tool in the treatment of certain illnesses.
Hypnosis is not all in the mind. Research has found it creates real, measurable, changes in the brain. Using MRI scans a modern Israeli study showed reduced activity in some brain regions during memory suppression, and increased activity in others while hypnosis was induced.
Some researchers have dismissed hypnosis as mere social compliance. This view doesn't explain how hypnosis can allow for patients to undergo surgery without pain. I'm quite sure the Queen of Belgium was not merely complying with society while her surgeons sliced her open, without chemical anaesthetic, during her thyroid surgery.
Everyone understands pain and so there’s no better way to demonstrate the power of hypnosis by showing how well it manages pain. If you have any doubt at all about how real hypnosis is, and how powerful it is, watch the short video below. This remarkable video shows a Dentist only using hypnosis to extract teeth.
If the above video doesn't convince you that hypnosis is real, perhaps the following short video will. It shows a hypnotherapist using self hypnosis to bypass pain in surgery. It's well worth the watch.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.