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Hypnotherapy shows promise for hot flushes

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Hypnotic relaxation therapy can reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes in menopausal women, a US study has revealed.

In the study of 51 women, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26 received hypnotherapy. When compared to the group who had not received the therapy, there was a 68% decrease in hot flushes.

The majority of women who received hypnotic relaxation therapy also experienced less uncomfortable side effects of hot flushes, such as loss of sleep and social interaction difficulties.

Lead investigator Gary Elkins, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, said: ‘This study validates that this type of treatment is effective in decreasing hot flushes.’

‘There is a real need to study emerging mind-body interactions to treating these ailments because many times medications are not an option,’ he added.

Following the success of the study, researchers are set to enlist 180 post-menopausal women for a five year study to further analyse the physiological response to therapy.

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