Is there a role for hypnotherapy in medicine?

After more than 30 years as a sceptic, Dr Gillian Deakin was surprised to find herself awakened to the power of hypnotherapy.

Every day in clinical practice, doctors struggle to deal with a multitude of conditions that are not responsive to the biomedical model that was the focus of most of our scientific, evidence-based training. 

Regardless of how sane and reasonable our patient may be, their behaviour often is not.

Consider the overeating diabetic, the vasculopathic smoker, or the phobic, anxious patient.