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Hypnosis and the Immune System

This study tested the effects of hypnosis on the immune system,

High and low hypnotizable subjects were exposed to hypnosis, relaxation or control conditions. Blood samples obtained before treatment and twice thereafter were subjected to flow cytometry analysis.

The results of this study appear to show significant immunomodulation for subjects exposed to hypnosis as measured by B-cells and helper T-cells.

The results of the study demonstrate that hypnosis was specifically associated with an immune system alteration while a treatment known to produce significant relaxation effects (REST) with potential for immuno-enhancement was not associated with similar positive immunomodulation.

The finding that hypnosis can modify the production and / or activity of components of the immune system has far reaching implications for researchers and clinicians.

Ruzyla-Smith, P., et al (1995). Effects of Hypnosis on the Immune Response: B-Cells, T-Cells, Helper and Suppressor Cells. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 38:2, 71-79. DOI: 10.1080/00029157.1995.10403185