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103 Key Hypnotherapy statistics for 2022

Here is the complete, up-to-date list of the most important statistics related to hypnotherapy and hypnosis that I have put together after going through more than 65 sources.

In this article, you will find verified stats about:

  • The past, present and future of hypnosis
  • Weight loss and addictions
  • Pain and stress
  • Health disorders
  • demographics
  • Behavioral issues

And a whole lot more.

Let’s dive right in!


chapter 1:

The past present and future of hypnosis.

Let’s begin with the history of hypnosis, the effect it has on people, the salary of hypnotherapists and the degree hypnotherapists have. I have got these stats by researching various articles, reports, studies and surveys. You can thank me later!

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  1. Hypnosis has been publicly accepted and known for more than 200 years. The advent of hypnosis can be traced back to Frank Mesmer(a physician) in the 18th century. He used hypnosis to treat patients. This method was named  after him- “Mesmerism” and was used by medical practitioners later on.
  1. Between 10% to 15% of people are very responsive to hypnosis. (source)
  1. Approximately 10% of adults are considered difficult or impossible to hypnotize. (source)
  1.  Roughly 90% of people report being aware of everything that happens.
  1. Clinical research regards hypnotherapy as the briefest form of therapy. The average number of sessions required for any effects/changes to take place was around 4 – 6.
  1. The average yearly income for a hypnotherapist in the US is $55,140. (source)
  1. 50.0% of hypnotherapists have a bachelor’s degree. In terms of higher education levels, 21.4% of hypnotherapists have master’s degrees .(source)
  1. Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 14% and produce 26,100 job opportunities across the U.S. (source)

chapter 2:

Weight Loss and Addictions

Here are stats about weight loss and addictions (including drugs, smoking, cocaine etc. Hypnotherapy has a wide range of applications in various fields. Let’s dive right in.

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Weight Loss

  1. Pertaining to weight loss, research has found that compared to people undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), those who undergo cognitive behavior therapy coupled with hypnosis tend to lose significantly more weight. After four to six months, those undergoing CBT + hypnosis dropped more than 20 pounds, while those who just did CBT lost about half that amount. The hypnosis group also maintained that weight loss during an 18-month follow-up period, while the CBT-only group tended to regain some weight.
  1. Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision-making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.(source)
  1. 109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.(source)
  1. A review of 6 studies published in the September 2005 issue of the International Journal of Obesity found convincing documentation of hypnotherapy’s ability to aid weight loss. Other small studies show that participants who undergo hypnotherapy can lose as much as 12 to 15 pounds.(source)
  1. Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off.
  1. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.(source)
  1. Not everyone benefits equally from hypnosis. About 20% of people show a “large” response to it, while the same percentage of people don’t respond much at all. The remaining 50% to 60% of people fall somewhere in between. (source)
  1. Reportedly, hypnosis has a 93% success rate with fewer sessions than both behavioral and psychotherapy, according to research studies. This led researchers to believe that for changing habits, thought patterns, and actual behavior, hypnosis was not only the most effective method but that it needed less time/sessions than other forms of therapy. (Alfred A. Barrios/1970).”(source)
  1. The hypnotherapy group trended toward greater improvement in OAB-q quality-of-life scores compared with the behavioral therapy group (67% vs 42% improvement), although this did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.07).(source)

Drug Addiction

  1. An open, non-controlled study found an abstinence rate of 62% at one year follow up.(source)
  1. Treatment of opium addiction: The relapse rate was 40% (4/11) in the hypnotherapy group compared to 73% (8/11) in the control group, P > .05. For the participants in the hypnotherapy group who reported the symptoms prior to hypnotherapy, the benefits included improvements in insomnia, 88% (7/8); restlessness, 80% (8/10); pain, 60% (3/5); and autonomic disturbances, 33% (2/6).(source)


  1. 87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis.
    A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.(source)
  1. The results from more than 600 individual studies, involving over 72,000 people from America and Europe were analyzed and scrutinized. The findings state that on average, hypnosis is over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.(source)
  1. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.(source)
  1. A 2007 randomized trial of 286 smokers found that 20% of people who received hypnosis managed to quit, compared to 14% of those receiving standard counseling.
  1. A study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow-up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.(source)
  1. 81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis.
  1. 30 smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.(source)
  1. 90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis.
  1. Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.(source)
  1. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.(source)
  1. Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years.
  1. A study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow-up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.(source)
  1. Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction.
  1. The treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction.(source)
  1. Another study of 93 males and 93 females used hypnosis to help them stop smoking. At 3 months follow-up, 86% of men and 87% of women continued to stay away from smoking tobacco. (SOURCE)

Cocaine Addiction

  1. Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.(source)
  1. Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six months follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.(source)

IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  1. Hypnotherapy had the same effect as the dietary intervention for alleviating gastrointestinal symptoms. In both treatment groups, of 70%patients improved in quality of life and a range of individual symptoms of IBS such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and abdominal pain.(source
  1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) system. IBS is thought to be due to changes in the way the gut functions, but is not associated with any observable structural changes to the gut. Up to 15% of adults suffer from IBS and related symptoms.(source)
  1. Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches.(source)

Randomized Controlled Trial

  1. Roberts et al (2006) conducted a randomized controlled trial of gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS. In contrast to many other studies which have taken patients from secondary (specialist) care this study took patients from primary care, where the majority of IBS cases are seen. Patients either received standard care or standard care + gut-directed hypnotherapy. After 3 months, at the end of treatment, patients in the intervention group improved more than those in the control group on measures of pain and diarrhea. However, the patients in standard medical care continued to improve and differences were not evident at 12 months follow-up except for reduced medication usage in the hypnosis group.
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  1. In 1984 Compared 15 patients randomly assigned to hypnotherapy with 15 patients. assigned to psychotherapy plus placebo pills. All patients had severe unresponsive symptoms at the beginning of the study. The hypnosis group showed a greater improvement in well-being and bowel activity, and showed no relapses during the three-month follow-up.(source)
  1. Palsson et al (2006)Compared patients given a home treatment hypnosis program with those given standard medical care. By three months 53% of the hypnosis group had improved compared to 26% of the controls.(source)
  1. Houghton et al (1996) compared 25 IBS patients given hypnosis with 25 patients treated with other methods and demonstrated greater benefits in the hypnosis group.(SOURCE)

chapter 3:

Pain and stress

Did you know that hypnosis can be used to deal with pain and stress? Let us look into the stats of hypnosis used in the areas of recovery, surgery, stress, relaxation and even dyslexia.

103 Key Hypnotherapy statistics for 2024 hypnotherapy statistics


  1. Hypnotized volunteers are up to 50% more capable of handling painful stimuli (Faymonville etal., 2006). Scans reveal that hypnosis can lower activity in the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex ,linking sensory stimuli to emotional and behavioral responses, and switch off pain signals.(source)
  1. Hypnosis was found to be effective in reducing pain and discomfort associated with repeated unpleasant medical interventions in a study of children with cancer.(SOURCE)
  1. A strong potential of hypnosis for managing impotence has been documented in the medical literature since the 1960s, and this claim has been supported by recent clinical trials, 88% success rate was reported using hypnosis for impotence in almost 3000 patients. Using hypnosis and acupuncture, a 75% success rate was recorded in treating impotence.(source)
  1. This statistic shows the opinion of the French regarding the alternative medical practice of Hypnosis in 2019. According to the survey, 56 percent of respondents had a very good or rather good image of hypnosis. 24 percent of respondents did not know enough about this practice to pronounce a judgment. (source)

Healed from Fracture

  1. 2 studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.
    Study One: 6 weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of 8 and a half weeks of healing.
    Study Two: 3 groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed “significantly faster” than supportive attention group and control group.(source)
  1.  According to an article in the Harvard University Gazette, Hypnosis Helps Healing, by William J. Cromie, Carol Ginandes and Daniel Rosenthal, professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School, published a report on their study of hypnosis to speed up the mending of broken bones. The result stood out like a sore ankle. Those who were hypnotized healed faster than those who were not. Six weeks after the fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.(SOURCE)
  1. The results showed a faster healing for the hypnosis group at week 9 of the experiment. X-rays revealed a notable difference at the edge of the fracture at week 6 of the experiment.(SOURCE)

Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

  1. Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.(source)
  1.  A significant reduction of pain and dysphoria was found following Hypnosis in a study of 19 patients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.(SOURCE)

Raised Self-esteem & Serenity, Lowered Impulsivity and Anger

  1. In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.(source)
  1. Therapeutic hypnosis is safe and effective, and is a scientifically proven therapy for improving your health and well-being.
  1. A psychotherapy study published in American Health Magazine revealed the following recovery rates: