Hypnosis may ease severe postmenopausal hot flashes. Five sessions reduced severity of postmenopausal hot flashes by 80%. Wow! This study had 184 women with moderate to severe hot flashes. Hot flash frequency and severity fell by 70% at 5 weeks and even further to 80% at 12 weeks (which was 7 weeks after the intervention ended).
This intervention entailed hypnotic induction with relaxation and direct and indirect suggestions, dissociation, and mental imagery evoking coolness (such as visualizing yourself walking down a mountain path on a cool day). Emphasis was placed on teaching patients self-hypnosis and patient empowerment.
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“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown