Mayo Clinic's approach
- Teamwork. Specialists at Mayo Clinic recognize that many complementary and alternative medical treatments, such as hypnosis, can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Mayo specialists are skilled at integrating hypnosis into your overall treatment plan, if appropriate.
- Psychological and medical therapy. Mayo Clinic offers hypnosis as a psychological and medical therapy to help relieve symptoms of many diseases and conditions, such as stress, anxiety, insomnia or pain. Hypnosis can also reduce anxiety before a procedure or surgery.
Expertise and rankings
- Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic has developed a specialty called complementary and integrative medicine that blends the best of both worlds — conventional and alternative medicine.
- Evidence-based therapy. Mayo doctors recommend approaches that are based on research demonstrating the effectiveness of complementary and integrative medical treatments.
Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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