How Hypnotherapy Became A Respected Medical Treatment in the U.S.: Part 2

Like the National Institutes for Health, the American Psychological Association has taken a progressive approach to embracing the research supporting hypnotherapy. They define hypnosis as “a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.” Their Encyclopedia of Psychology then goes on … Continue reading How Hypnotherapy Became A Respected Medical Treatment in the U.S.: Part 2

How Hypnotherapy Became A Respected Medical Treatment in the U.S.: Part 1

The timeline for acceptance of hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment has varied greatly among American professional organizations. In 1995, the renowned National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Technology Assessment Conference published a statement entitled Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches Into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia. A 12-member panel of professionals in the … Continue reading How Hypnotherapy Became A Respected Medical Treatment in the U.S.: Part 1

The British Medical Association: An Early Supporter of Hypnotherapy

Many people mistakenly think of hypnotherapy as a contemporary, “new age” modality. In fact, hypnotherapy has a long history of being accepted by professional medical associations. The British Medical Association (BMA) was one of the first organizations to officially support the use of hypnotherapy, starting with a statement issued as early as 1892. The interest … Continue reading The British Medical Association: An Early Supporter of Hypnotherapy