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In a trial at Harvard Medical School, Elvira Lang, M.D., tested 240 people who were having a painful invasive interventional radiology procedure. The procedure involved little cameras being inserted through their arteries. Three groups were created: One with self-hypnosis training, one without, and one control group. The study showed that the patients who received self-hypnosis training were more comfortable, less anxious, had fewer problems and completed the procedure sooner.