Emperical Evidence

There are thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing the efficacy of hypnosis, not just as an ancillary tool, but as a first-line intervention that often outperforms traditional modalities.

Weight Loss

Hypnosis helped people lose weight in both the short-term and in the long-term. In other words, hypnosis helps people keep from regaining weight.

– Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519. doi:10.1037//0022-006x.64.3.517

Smoking Cessation

81% Quit smoking with hypnosis, and the majority of those who quit remained smoke-free a year later.

– Elkins, G. R., & Rajab, M. H. (2004). Clinical Hypnosis For Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 52(1), 73-81. doi:10.1076/iceh.


Patient’s self-assessed readiness to fly increased significantly over the course of treatment, and she successfully engaged in a “practice flight” toward the end of her treatment.

– Volpe, E. G., & Nash, M. R. (2012). The Use of Hypnosis for Airplane Phobia With an Obsessive Character: A Case Study. Clinical Case Studies, 11(2), 89-103. doi:10.1177/1534650112440167


Management of diabetes, including regulation of blood sugar, increased compliance, and improvement of peripheral blood circulation.

– Hypnosis as an Adjunct Therapy in the Management of Diabetes Yuan Xu and Etzel Cardeña International Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis Vol. 56 , Iss. 1,2007

Chronic Pain

The objective of the current study was to conduct a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of hypnosis for managing chronic pain. When compared with standard care, hypnosis provided moderate treatment benefit. Hypnosis also showed a moderate superior effect as compared to other psychological interventions for a non-headache group. The results suggest that hypnosis is efficacious for managing chronic pain.

– A Meta-Analysis of Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Problems: A Comparison Between Hypnosis, Standard Care, and Other Psychological Interventions Tomonori Adachi, Haruo Fujino, Aya Nakae, Takashi Mashimo, and Jun Sasaki1 International Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis Vol. 62 , Iss. 1, 2014


Twenty-nine patients participated in the 15-day study. A single hypnosis session was performed on Day 8. Anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleepiness were measured at baseline, on Day 8, and on Day 15 (HADS, MFI, ESS). Daily fatigue was also measured numerically. Anxiety, depression, and sleepiness significantly decreased after hypnosis.

– Untas, A., Chauveau, P., Dupré-Goudable, C., Kolko, A., Lakdja, F., & Cazenave, N. (2013). The Effects of Hypnosis on Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, and Sleepiness in People Undergoing Hemodialysis: A Clinical Report. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61(4), 475-483. doi:10.1080/00207144.2013.810485


Level of hypnotic suggestibility not so important: Although the four patients differed obviously and vastly in hypnotizability, they all benefited from the use of hypnosis.

– Hypnosis, Hypnotizability and Treatment. Howard Sutcher DDS, MA American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 51 , Iss. 1, 2008


Hypnosis facilitates an increase in happiness: (1) hypnosis allows for increased executive attention with control of emotions, (2) focusing on positive imagery contributes to strengthening “happy pathways,” and (3) emotions about the past, present, and future are subject to change.

– The Use of Hypnosis in Therapy to Increase Happiness. Nicole Ruysschaert American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 56 , Iss. 3, 2014 

Substance Abuse

77% success rate in treating substance abuse. Combining the more intense treatment of 20 daily sessions with hypnosis is a successful method to treat addictions. The treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up.

– Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Greg Potter. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 47 , Iss. 1, 2004

Improved Learning

Improved learning: Our results indicate that hypnosis is beneficial for second language vocabulary learning and retrieval.

– Using Hypnosis to Enhance Learning Second Language Vocabulary. Yakup Çetin, O. Arda Çimen, and Zeynep Ebrar Yetkiner. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 58 , Iss. 4 ,2016


This study indicates that hypnotic suggestions have an effect on reaction times in the sustained attention task both in adult ADHD patients and control subjects.

– Virta, M., Hiltunen, S., Mattsson, M., & Kallio, S. (2015). The Impact of Hypnotic Suggestions on Reaction Times in Continuous Performance Test in Adults with ADHD and Healthy Controls. Plos One, 10(5). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126497


There was a significant main effect of the hypnotherapy treatment with PTSD symptoms as measured by the Post-traumatic Disorder Scale.

– Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Combat-Related PTSD Patients Suffering From Insomnia: A Randomized, Zolpidem-Controlled Clinical Trial Eitan G. Abramowitz, Yoram Barak, Irit Ben-Avi, and Haim Y. Knobler International Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis Vol. 56 , Iss. 3, 2008

Find more evidence by searching scholar.google.com


(845) 797-3948


3979 Albany Post Road,

Hyde Park, NY 12538


Results may vary from person to person. We guarantee the very best service using current information and appropriate hypnotic techniques for your situation. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, but rather it is intended to provide information, education, and motivation that will help you live to your best potential and guide you toward being more effective in helping yourself.

Copyright © Nuleaf Hypnosis   |   All Rights Reserved   |   Privacy Policy