Hypnosis for Health Purposes

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Hypnosis (also called hypnotherapy) has been studied for several health-related purposes.

  • A growing body of evidence suggests that hypnosis may help to manage some painful conditions.
  • Some research suggests that hypnosis may be helpful for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the evidence is not strong.
  • Studies of hypnosis to help with quitting smoking have had conflicting results.

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