Research: ELKINS and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

ELKINS and COLLEAGUES,  Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, USA. Gary_Elkins@baylor.edu evaluated the feasibility of a guided self-hypnosis intervention for hot flashes.

Background

Previous research has demonstrated that a hypnotic intervention can reduce hot flashes, a significant problem for some women.

Methodology

Based on the authors' previous research, the present study was developed to evaluate the feasibility of a guided self-hypnosis intervention for hot flashes. Thirteen postmenopausal women received 5 sessions of guided self-hypnosis in which all hypnotic inductions were recordings. Guidance regarding symptom monitoring, individualization of mental imagery, and practice of self-hypnosis were provided. Hot flashes were determined through diaries.

Results

Results indicated average frequency of hot flashes decreased by 72% (p < .001) and hot-flash scores decreased by 76% (p < .001) on average.

Conclusion

Guided self-hypnosis reduced perceived hot flashes in the pilot study with postmenopausal women supporting the possible feasibility and potential benefit of the intervention.

References

Elkins G, Johnson A, Fisher W, Sliwinski J and Keith T. A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women.  International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis.  61(3):342-50. 2013.

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