Some research studies have suggested that hypnotherapy may help with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) , such as abdominal pain.
These studies don't provide any strong evidence for its effectiveness, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has nevertheless recognised hypnotherapy as a possible treatment for IBS in those who haven't responded to other treatments.
There's only limited research evidence that hypnotherapy may help some people to lose weight and to quit smoking, so we can't be certain of its benefit.
Read the 2010 Cochrane review on Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation and the 2009 Cochrane review on Psychological Interventions for Overweight or Obesity .
Some studies suggest that hypnotherapy can be beneficial for childhood eczema . It may also be useful for treating other minor skin conditions, especially those made worse by stress, if used alongside medicine.
Hypnotherapy is widely promoted as a treatment for anxiety, although a systematic review of the effectiveness of hypnosis for the treatment of anxiety found there wasn't enough good evidence to support this.
That said, it has shown some promise in preventing anxiety in pregnancy and relieving pain in labour and childbirth .
Overall, the evidence supporting the use of hypnotherapy as a treatment in these situations isn't strong enough to make any recommendations for clinical practice.
No firm conclusions can be made, because the studies are generally only small and of poor quality.
Thatdoesn't meanhypnotherapy won't help you but if you wish to try it, be aware of the relevant safety and regulation issues,outlinedbelow.
Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness.
Irritable bowel syndrome Some research studies have suggested that hypnotherapy may help with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) , such as abdominal pain. These studies don't provide any
Hypnotherapy is practised by some doctors, dentists, psychologists and counsellors, but it's also offered by non-professionals with little training. This is because in the UK, hypnotherapists don't ha