Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 08, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that hypnosis could be an effective treatment for severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/hot-flashes-try-this-trick-to-get-rid-of-them-naturally) notes, hot flashes are an all-too-common side effect of menopause. They occur because the body slows its production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. And while these hot flashes are not life-threatening, they can interfere with a woman’s quality of life if she has to endure them on a daily basis. For some, hot flashes continue on into the postmenopausal years.
As the article “Hot Flashes? Try This Trick to Get Rid of Them Naturally” reports, a combined team of researchers from Indiana University and the University of Texas recently conducted a study to look at the effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing hot flashes. For the trial, the researchers recruited 187 postmenopausal women. These women were having upwards of seven hot flashes per day or 50 per week. The researchers divided the participants into two groups. One group was given 45-minute weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis along with training in self-hypnosis. The other group acted as a control group, receiving “structured attention” in the form of an audio recording that offered up general information about hot flashes.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the researchers then measured the frequency and severity of hot flashes over the course of 12 weeks. How much did the hypnosis sessions help? Hot flash frequency dropped by almost 75%, meaning that this natural remedy for hot flashes worked. The researchers also recorded an improvement in sleep quality for the hypnosis group.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting, that during hypnosis, a person’s metabolism, breathing, and heartbeat may be slowed. Being in this state is thought to open the door for healing on a more fundamental level, encouraging the body’s own abilities in remedying symptoms, which is why this natural remedy for hot flashes holds a lot of promise.
(SOURCE: Elkins, G.R., et al., “Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of postmenopausal hot flashes: a randomized controlled trial,” Menopause March 2013; 20(3): 291-8.)
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