Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes in Postmenopausal Women

Reduction in hot flash frequency and score compared with structured-attention control

MONDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women, clinical hypnosis is associated with significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in Menopause.

Gary R. Elkins, Ph.D., from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and colleagues conducted a randomized, single-blind, controlled trial involving 187 postmenopausal women reporting a minimum of seven hot flashes per day (or at least 50 per week), who were allocated to receive five weekly sessions of either clinical hypnosis or structured-attention control. Hot flash frequency and score were assessed by daily diaries on weeks two to six and week 12.

The researchers found that, from baseline to week 12, the mean reduction in subjective hot flash frequency was significantly greater for the clinical hypnosis intervention (55.82; 74.16 percent) compared with controls (12.89; 17.13 percent). The mean reduction in the hot flash score was significantly larger for clinical hypnosis (18.83; 80.32 percent) than for controls (3.53; 15.38 percent). At 12 weeks, the mean reduction in physiologically monitored hot flashes was significantly greater with clinical hypnosis (5.92; 56.86 percent) than for controls (0.88; 9.94 percent). Compared with controls, at the 12-week follow-up, secondary outcomes were significantly improved for the clinical hypnosis group, including hot flash-related interference, sleep quality, and treatment satisfaction.

"Future studies should investigate exactly how clinical hypnosis reduces hot flashes and explore efficient methods of dissemination," the authors write. "Safe and effective alternate therapies are needed, and clinical hypnosis reduced hot flashes in this study of postmenopausal women, although the mechanism of action is not yet understood."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles

What internal motivators drive RNs to pursue a BSN?
Nursing2014 , October 2014
Free access will expire on November 24, 2014.


Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Primary Care
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, September/October 2014
Free access will expire on November 10, 2014.


Nurses spurring innovation
Nursing Management, October 2014
Free access will expire on November 10, 2014.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events