NHS should offer hypnosis as standard says new report

by Dave Sabat on October 23, 2012

Hypnosis should become a standard technique on the NHS to treat a range of conditions according to a new report.

The hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine says the technique can be used to relieve pain and treat stress related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

See the BBC article here.

Jacky Owens, the president of the RSM’s Hypnosis Section, said: ‘Conditions such as depression, pain and irritable bowel syndrome affect millions of people in the UK and a great cost to the NHS. But hypnosis can often work where other treatments have been unsuccessful.’

Ms Owens, a qualified nurse who uses hypnosis in her work with cancer patients added: ‘If doctors were able to refer patients to properly trained hypnotherapists, it would save a cash-strapped NHS a great deal of money.’

This is really good news as there have been more clinical studies carried out using hypnotherapy than any other complimentary treatment. Let’s hope those that see hypnotherapy as a help to cope with sometimes difficult treatments choose hypnosis. Maybe one day it will be a first line intervention even!

Be happy,


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Dave Sabat
My name's Dave Sabat DCH DHP SQHP and I am a full-time Clinical Hypnotherapist. Be happy, it's easier than you think.
mnutz December 6, 2012 at 5:19 am

Fully agree. I work in the same building as the NHS, hundreds of posters about quitting smoking, eating healthily etc, things that could all be helped with hypnotherapy. It’s a subject that has interested me for years, read a few books, helped a few smokers but not sure where to start becoming qualified.

Roger Knott-Fayle December 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hear! Hear! I discovered hypnotherapy late in my life as I faced some fairly drastic gut surgery. It still hurt and I was still frightened but I could kind of deal with it a lot better.

I learned a lot of things about myself through the experience both of Hypnotherapy and facing the knife.

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