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How does hypnosis relieve pain?

By Allan Cyna and Marion Andrew

And how much pain does it actually relieve?

Hypnosis in one form or another has been around for thousands of years, but until recently, evidence to support its biological and clinically powerful effects have been lacking. Today hypnosis is used by clinicians around the world to help manage pain, childbirth, phobia and anxiety – particularly in children.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is thought to be a state of conscious awareness which most people experience transiently many times each day.

Hypnotic experiences and responses tend to involve: