Hypnosis Used For Hot Flash Relief

I found this article really interesting. I came across it in the Waco Tribune. It details a recent study with cancer patients, and how the use of remedial hypnosis was able to lessen the effects of hot flashes experienced by women after cancer surgery by a whopping 68%. This is very dramatic results and it only used an extremely simple form of mental imagery to accomplish this result. Imagine if they used the advanced techniques that I use to help my clients stop smoking or lose weight! They would probably eliminate the hot flashes altogether!

I’m posting an excerpt from that article and linking to where you can read the rest of it here:

New Baylor research looking at treating hot flashes with hypnosis

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

By Tim Woods

Tribune-Herald staff writer

Attention breast cancer survivors and post-menopausal women: Help for hot flashes may be on the way — without the use of medicine or hormone therapy.

Gary Elkins, Baylor University psychology and neuroscience professor, is beginning a study of 180 post-menopausal women to study the effects of hypnotic relaxation therapy for women who experience hot flashes. The research is courtesy of a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand on a previous study.

Elkins’ earlier study, recently published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, compared 26 breast cancer survivors who received the therapy with 25 breast cancer survivors who did not. Women receiving hypnosis reported a 68 percent decrease in hot flashes.

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