Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Gary R. Elkins, PhD, William I. Fisher, MA, Aimee K. Johnson, MA, Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Timothy Z. Keith, PhD. Disclosures. Menopause. 2013;20(3):291-298. Find full article at Medscape News by clicking here.

Extracts: “…As many as 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms, and nearly 20% find them intolerable.[5] Sudden rushes of heat and sweating are often accompanied by increased heart rate, chills, shivering, clamminess, anxiety, feelings of nausea, a “headache“-like sensation, visible reddening and blotching of face and neck, increase in core body temperature, increased metabolism, and interrupted sleep.[6-18]…Alternate nonhormonal pharmacotherapy, such as clonidine, gabapentin, and paroxetine, seems promising, but adverse effects and cost can diminish long-term compliance…Pilot data showed that breast cancer survivors who received five weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis experienced a 69% reduction in hot flashes relative to baseline.[21]…(This) study was conducted as a single-blind, randomized, clinical trial in central Texas evaluating the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis compared with active structured-attention control…The clinical hypnosis intervention consisted of hypnotic inductions and instruction in the practice of self-hypnosis toward the therapeutic goals of reduction of hot flashes and improved sleep.[30-37] In each 45-minute session, participants were provided specific suggestions for mental imagery for coolness, safe place imagery, and relaxation (individualized based on the women’s preference). Participants were also provided an audio recording of a hypnotic induction and tasked with the daily practice of self-hypnosis at home….(this study concludes that) clinical hypnosis results in significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes and hot flash scores in postmenopausal women.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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