Acceptance of hypnosis in medicine evolved slowly.
Today, it is an accepted modality in heath practice.
In 1847, the Roman Catholic Church indicated acceptance
of hypnosis, noting that hypnosis was not morally forbidden
ln 1955 The British Medical Association
had issued its report on hypnosis in the British Medical Journal,
with which the AMA’s Council on Mental Health indicated “essential
In 1956, Pope
Pius XII noted its use for childbirth and indicated the need for
proper precautions as for other forms of medical treatment. Other
religions (with exceptions) have shown acceptance, with ministers
of different faiths trained in and using hypnosis in their practices.
In 1958, the American Medical Association
(AMA) published and approved a report from a 2-year study by the
Council on Mental Health. The report indicated that there can be
“definite and proper uses of hypnosis in medical and dental practice”
and recommended the establishment of “necessary training facilities”
in the United States.
In 1961, The
American Psychiatric Association, in a position statement approved
by the Council of the Association, indicated that “hypnosis has
definite application in the various fields of medicine”.
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In 1996, A National Institutes of
Health panel issued a statement published by the AMA indicating
that there was “strong evidence for the use of hypnosis in alleviating
pain associated with cancer.”
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