Research has focused on a variety of physical functions which are measured before, during and after hypnosis and found that, while a person is in hypnosis, the breathing rate and heart beat slow down, the bronchi of the lungs dilate, blood pressure drops and the production of stomach acid is reduced. Scientists have observed that, even in people who experience only a light trance, white blood cells cling more firmly to blood vessels, which is thought to increase the body’s immune efficiency. The body also produces more immune-enhancing lymphocytes while under hypnosis which could explain why hypnosis has been used successfully in the treatment of cancerous cells.

Pain reduction through hypnosis
Lanfranco RC, Canales-Johnson A, Huepe D (2014) Hypnoanalgesia and the study of pain experience: from Cajal to modern neuroscience.’ Front.Psychology Sept 30, 5 -1126.

Readjusting distorted perceptions through hypnosis
Woodard FJ (2014) ‘Perceptually-oriented hypnosis: removing a socially learned pathology and developing adequacy: the case of invisible girl.’ Psychol Rep 115(2); 545-64.

Skill enhancement through hypnosis
Sroka G, Arnon Z, Laniado M, Schiff E, Matter I (2014) ‘Hypnosis-induced mental training improves performance on the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) simulator.’ Surg Endosc. Oct 11.

Effectiveness of hypnosis for IBS

Lee HH, Choi YY, Choi G (2014) ‘The efficay of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.’ J Neurogastroenterol Motil 20(2); 152-62.

Overcoming dental phobia with hypnosis
Facco F, Zanette G, Casiglia E (2014) ‘The role of hypnotherapy in dentistry.’ SAAD Dig. 30:3-6.

Hypnosis to help childhood anxiety
Kaiser P (2014) ‘Childhood anxiety and psycho-physiological reactivity: hypnosis to build discrimination and self-regulation skills.’ Am J Clin Hypn.56(4); 343-67.

Research into brain activity during hypnosis
Vanhaudenhuyse A, Laureys S, Faymonville ME (2014) ‘Neurophysiology of hypnosis.’ Neurophysiol Clin. 44(4); 343-53.