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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 4 (2007), Issue 2, Pages 233-240
Original Article

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

1Bnai Zion Medical Center, Internal Medicine Division Haifa, Israel
2University of Arizona, Program in Integrative Medicine Arizona, USA
3The Recanati Center for Medicine and Research and the Section for Integrative Medicine, Rabin Medical Center (Beilinson Campus), Israel
4The Tel-Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Israel
569 Yakinton St., Haifa, 34792, Israel

Received 4 March 2006; Accepted 14 September 2006

Copyright © 2007 Elad Schiff et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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.