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You’re Back in the Room TV Show vs  Serious Clinical Hypnotherapy. 

When You’re Back in the Room TV Show was first announced I thought to myself, I hope they are able to demonstrate the power of hypnosis for so long poo pooed,  spread the word out there so that those suffering with difficult conditions can see the potential to overcome their difficulties.

As the creator of the BAGC 6 programme for the treatment of Anxiety, Panic  Attacks and Confidence building, having used hypnotherapy in some parts of my programme and helped hundreds of people, I felt in dismay to see such a  poor quality outcome.

Yes of course they want to make it funny and enjoyable to people, and although the technique is very powerful it does not explain the over reaction of the individuals.  Of course you can have a good laugh if this is what you want and  if you have already accepted to participate in stream situations, you are much more likely to comply, especially when you have millions of eyes over you and cameras everywhere.  You’re Back in the Room TV Show, is just simply that a TV Show.

Hypnotherapy was already being used in Egyptian times and has always remained as an interesting topic for researches, therefore there has been over a century of careful scientific studies related to hypnosis. The first scientists to become interested in studying about hypnosis were doctors particularly Liebault and Coue at the Nancy School, and Charcot and Janet at Salpetriere. They contributed significantly in developing theories to explain what they saw.

Hypnosis is not regarded as a cure but it is a tool used for stress and anxiety management, dental and medical  anaesthesia and even in obstetrics. It can help change your subconscious programming and beliefs thus, using the power of your mind towards improving your life. As a result, this treatment can also be effectual for pain management, including pain associated with cancer; as an add-on to psychotherapy, and in the successful management of a wide range of anxiety, phobic, and other medical and psychological problems.

Further Hypnosis researches have proved the effectiveness of the technique, these below being just a small sample of them.


  • Hypnosis for Shell Shock Treatment during the First World War

A miraculous success, which was video documented during the First World War was the treatment with hypnotherapy of men suffering from shell shock by Soon Hurst  at Newton Abbott’s Seale Hayne in Devon.   According to the BBC “Hurt’s pioneering methods were both humane and sympathetic. It was a miracle that literally saved the lives of dozens of shattered men”


The effectiveness of “hypnosis mediated weight loss” was the subject of a study done in the year 1985.  For a period of 9 weeks, one out of the two weight loss groups was made to undergo hypnosis to test its efficacy. The results suggested that the group which underwent hypnosis made constant progress with their weight loss for 2 years while the other group had no further weight loss.

In a research conducted the following year, 60 women were divided into two groups. Those who underwent hypnosis had a weight loss of 17 pounds as compared to only 0.5 pounds lost by the other group.

  • Hypnosis for Pain Reduction

Researchers at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, conducted a study to determine whether hypnosis can help reduce pain. Initially volunteers were administered painful heat by placing a heating device on their skin. The temperature that each could tolerate was then noted and rated on a scale of 0 to 10 where 8 emerged as the average rating. The group of volunteers was divided into two and both the groups underwent hypnosis but in different orders. The results were astonishing. All the volunteers experienced no or highly reduced pain when hypnosis was performed on them.

Ginandes C.S., Rosenthal D.I. (1999). “Using Hypnosis to Accelerate the Healing of Bone Fractures”. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 5(2): 67-75.

Ginandes and Daniel Rosenthal, professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School, had published a report regarding the use of hypnosis to expedite the process of mending of broken bones. 12 people with broken ankles who had received general treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston had volunteered to be a part of the experiment. They were divided into 2 groups and one group underwent hypnosis once every week for a period of twelve weeks while the other did not. The same doctor applied the casts and the same radiologist took the X-rays for both the groups. The radiologist who was assigned to monitor the progress of the concerned patients was unaware of the patients who underwent hypnosis. Six weeks later it was clear that those who underwent hypnosis had healed

My dear readers, I leave the debate open to you…

Maria Fuentes

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