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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Hypnosis May Ease Hot Flashes in Postmenopausal Women



Fac075ml Hypnosis May Ease Hot Flashes in Postmenopausal Women

Hypnosis may help reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, cutting down their frequency as much as 74 percent, researchers say.

Hot flashes affect about 80 percent of women as they go through menopause. The sudden rush of heat can be followed by chills and can reduce quality of life.


Researcher Gary Elkins, director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, assigned 187 women who had at least seven hot flashes daily to either five weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis with at-home practice or a comparison treatment called structured attention.

Women self-reported their hot flashes for 12 weeks, and the researchers also measured hot flash frequency by a skin conductance monitor.

“Our results indicated both a reduction in perceived hot flashes and physiologically verified reduction in hot flashes over three months,” Elkins said.

The study was published online Oct. 22 in the journal Menopause.

Women in the comparison group met once a week for five weeks with a clinician. They discussed symptoms, avoided negative suggestions, and were given a recording with information about hot flashes that they were told to listen to daily.

04/11/2012  :  By Kathleen Doheny / HealthDay Reporter.

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