Hypnosis significantly improved various measures of hot flashes in a group of postmenopausal women, according to the results of a recent study.
The study, funded by NCCAM, appeared in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
Researchers from Baylor University, Indiana University, and The University of Texas at Austin, randomly assigned 187 postmenopausal women (39 to 75 years) who reported at least 7 hot flashes per day or 50 per week into two groups. Each group received five 45-minute weekly sessions of either (1) clinical hypnosis, combined with training in self-hypnosis and an audio recording for daily practice, or (2) a control intervention of structured attention plus an audio recording of hot flash information to be listened to daily. Measurements were taken at the beginning of the study and then at 6 and 12 weeks.
The researchers observed that participants in both groups improved on all outcomes, but the hypnosis group improved to a significantly greater extent than the control group.
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