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Is hypnotherapy accepted as a legitimate form of therapy by the medical profession?

Hypnotherapy has been recognised as an effective form of therapy by the medical world for well over a hundred years. In 1892 the British Medical Association (BMA) commissioned a special committee of eleven doctors ‘to investigate the nature of the phenomenon of hypnotism, its value as a therapeutic agent, and the propriety of using it’.

The committee’s report was received and published by the BMA, opening with a clear recognition of the phenomenon of hypnotic trance:

‘The Committee, having completed such investigation of hypnotism as time permitted, have to report that they have satisfied themselves of the genuineness of the hypnotic state.’ (BMA, 1892).
 
In 1955 a further sub-committee of the BMA reported … ‘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 psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised 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 behaviour.

Clinical hypnotherapy is generally regarded as an effective and cost-effective complementary therapy by doctors and commissioners of health services throughout the UK. Many GPs will refer their patients to hypnotherapists to complement the treatment they are offering or as an alternative when their own prescribed treatment has not worked.

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