We spend billions of dollars a year on over-the-counter painkillers and prescription drugs.
But with the whole pain reliever industry under increased scrutiny it can be hard to know what to take if you have chronic pain.
Dr. Sidney Rosen is using hypnosis to reduce this patient's arthritic pain. Nickolas Souleotis says after years of taking strong painkillers, he wanted to try an alternative.
Consumer Reports' Jamie Kopf says hypnosis has proven results.
It's also been proven successful at treating children with cancer undergoing painful treatments. Trials have shown hypnosis can also help relieve pain from gastrointestinal disorders, and can even speed the healing of surgical wounds and broken bones. And Consumer Reports says there's another benefit.
For nickolas, hypnosis has brought pain relief he never thought possible.
Consumer Reports says the cost of a session of hypnosis is comparable to what you might pay for a session with a mental health professional, but it may not be covered by insurance.
To find a qualified practitioner ask your doctor for a referral.