Potential Synergism between Hypnosis and Acupuncture -- Is the Whole More Than the Sum of Its Parts?

Elad Schiff; , Steven Gurgevich; and Opher Caspi


Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2007;4(2):233-240. 

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Both hypnosis and acupuncture have gained credibility over the years in their effectiveness for treating various health conditions. Currently, each of these treatments is administered in distinct settings and separate times. That is, even if patients receive both treatments as part of a multidimensional therapeutic program, they would typically receive them separately rather than simultaneously at the same session. This separation however might be undesirable since, at least theoretically, hypnosis and acupuncture could potentially augment each other if administered concomitantly. In this article we outline the rationale for this hypothesis and discuss the potential ramifications of its implementation.


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