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The power of suggestion: hypnotize your hot flashes

by Margery Gass | Oct 26, 2012
A new study about the effect of hypnosis on hot flashes published in the NAMS journal Menopause shows that hypnosis can help cut hot flashes by as much as 74%. One group of women in the study got five weekly sessions of hypnosis where they received hypnotic suggestions for mental images of coolness, a safe place, or relaxation — whatever their preference — and they also got a recording to practice with daily. Their hot flashes were reduced by 74% and their severity was also lessened. 

Another group of women in this study had five sessions with a clinician where they could talk about their symptoms, and they got a CD to listen to daily that had general information about hot flashes. This group reported only a small reduction in hot flashes: 13%.

This study is the best one so far to test the value of hypnosis for hot flashes because it pitted hypnosis against a similar “treatment” thought not to have much effect, similar to the way drugs are tested against dummy placebo pills. We hope to see these results confirmed by other researchers.

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  1. 1 Susie Sheridan 26 Oct
    I can testify to the value of hypnosis, self-hypnosis and visualization for hot flashes.  When the WHI results were first released, I stopped my HRT and sought other methods for handling those exasperating hot flashes.   Although 10 years later I still experience a few hot flashes from time to time (I figure I'm in the small number of women who will always have them) these methods immediately helped to reduce the number per day and the intensity.  


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