10 doctors weighed in:
Is hypnotism effective in treating chronic pain?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Hypnosis was commonly used long ago for anesthesia.
Some patients with chronic pain respond remarkably to hypnosis. In others the response is less or none. As opposed to many other uses of hypnosis such as to stop smoking, a deep level of hypnosis seems to correlate with relief of pain. It is worth a try because when it works for pain it can be quite effective.

In brief: Sometimes
Hypnosis was commonly used long ago for anesthesia.
Some patients with chronic pain respond remarkably to hypnosis. In others the response is less or none. As opposed to many other uses of hypnosis such as to stop smoking, a deep level of hypnosis seems to correlate with relief of pain. It is worth a try because when it works for pain it can be quite effective.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
See a physician or psychologist skilled in hypnosis.
Go to http://www.Asch.Net/public/memberreferralsearch/tabid/182/default.Aspx to find a qualified person near you.

In brief: Yes
See a physician or psychologist skilled in hypnosis.
Go to http://www.Asch.Net/public/memberreferralsearch/tabid/182/default.Aspx to find a qualified person near you.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Thank
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
See a pyschologist or physician skilled in hypnosis.
Check http://www.Asch.Net/public/memberreferralsearch/tabid/182/default.Aspx for a referral to a skilled practitioner near you.

In brief: Yes
See a pyschologist or physician skilled in hypnosis.
Check http://www.Asch.Net/public/memberreferralsearch/tabid/182/default.Aspx for a referral to a skilled practitioner near you.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Thank
Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
In brief: Maybe
Back to my standard answer concerning cam. It is reasonable to try any safe modality in an effort to control one's pain and improve quality of living.
It has been reported in the literature that hypnosis is a modality that has at least a potential to be helpful.

In brief: Maybe
Back to my standard answer concerning cam. It is reasonable to try any safe modality in an effort to control one's pain and improve quality of living.
It has been reported in the literature that hypnosis is a modality that has at least a potential to be helpful.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Hypnosis is sometimes miraculously effective in relieving chronic pain and in other cases it does not work at all. Certainly it is worth a try. I have had great success at times in patients who did not seem to respond to anything else.
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