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November 19, 2012

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I have heard of using hypnosis for smoking cessation, and many people swear that it works better than prescriptions used (i.e. Chantix). This is a great new alternative for women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms that want some relief and relaxation. For something like this, side effects and interactions are not very common, making it easy for women to go to a hypnosis session and not have to worry about consulting their physicians.

This is a great alternative. Quite a few women come into the pharmacy and ask for something to help with menopause and its symptoms without getting a prescription. I have recommended the black cohosh in the past but it is great to have another suggestion to give a patient if they do not want to take something.

This is fascinating and has the potential to help so many women. HRT is on the decline due to the risks associated with it. I often have women looking for herbal alternatives, but I am hesitant to recommend some things (such as black cohosh) due to risks of renal toxicity. I would like to learn more about this.

This is interesting because I don’t know too much about hypnosis and all the potential benefits. I would not have even thought of this type of correlation. I would like to read other studies on this to see how beneficial it has been

This a very interesting article. I never thought of hypnosis as an option for the treatment of post menopausal symptoms. However, if more studies confirm this to be true in the future, it would provide safer alternative for hormone replacement therapy and helps improve the quality of life for many women.

Hypnosis is a complementary alternative medicine option that I would have not considered when first thinking about potential choices. I look forward to hearing about future research in this area.

It is interesting to see in kn's comment that there is no specific training that hypnotherapists complete here in the US. I didn't realize that hypnotherapists are so variable in their skill level and training. This information makes me lump hypnotherapists into a similar category as psychics. I agree that it is likely that the relaxation produced from a hypnotherapy appointment alone could have an effect on brain patterns and therefore hot flashes. Though I would be interested in reading more comprehensive studies on this topic.

I never thought about how they could standardize the treatment. I guess they would have to start with a standard way of licensing the hypnotherapists. There would also have to be a standard for practice for different conditions. It will be interesting to see if these standardizations would be possible.

Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen and progesterone to manage vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats has declined because of concerns about their risks, particularly stroke and blood clots. There is also an increased interest in alternate, low-risk treatments that may be potentially beneficial so hypnosis may be a good option. Though there seems to be few risks associated with hypnotherapy, caution is still warranted in individuals with psychiatric illnesses due to the potential risk of worsening these conditions.

I have always read articles about hypnosis with a grain of salt, as I just can't understand how it works. It is amazing that it can potentially lower blood pressure, decrease hot flashes and body temperature, but it is difficult to understand how this is possible. Perhaps the effects from simply sitting still and relaxing for a set period of time produce the relaxation needed for these results to be noted. Clearly more research will be needed to assess the future uses of this controversial therapy.

Hypnosis for hot flashes is an interesting theory. I’ve never really thought of hypnosis for anything other than psychological issues. It’ll be interesting to see what further studies will show.

It is quite interesting to see how psychological manipulation and stimulation can have an effect on the body. However, I am always such a skeptic when it comes to studies like this, since I’ve always thought of hypnosis as a magic act versus the real deal. For some women this might work, especially if they do not want to consume anything orally for their symptoms, so this just might be worth trying.

Wow, the numbers here are pretty impressive! Reduction in overall symptoms of 55.82 for hypnosis and only 12.89 control group. I have been hypnotized, it is a very strange feeling, almost as if you are dreaming a very vivid dream. I can see how changes in brain patterns can affect vasomotor symptoms of menopause so this makes sense that any affect on brain pattern can impact them.

I know hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is typically aimed at reaching an altered state of consciousness in which the conscious mind is relaxed, the unconscious mind is more accessible, and the person is susceptible to suggestion. Depending on the person, the degree of susceptibility to hypnosis and suggestion also seems to vary a lot. Most of the positive scientific evidence for hypnotherapy has been used in a psychological manner for behavior or emotion alteration. It is interesting to see hypnosis used for more medical conditions, though I wonder about the mechanism of action in these instances.

Hypnotherapists may vary widely in their training, credentials, and skill level so I am curious as to whether this could provide a source of bias in studies such as these, particularly if participants are being treated by different hypnotherapists. In the United States, there is no universally accepted standard or licensing for hypnotherapists. This also makes me wonder if self-hypnosis could potentially be helpful in managing hot flashes, but this would likely depend largely on the individual.

I always think treatment that involves hypnotherapy is very intriguing. Unfortunately, it seems like evidence for this particular use, as well as many others, is lacking. Hypnosis currently has a Natural Standard evidence grade of C for unclear or conflicting scientific evidence for menopausal disorders. I think more research is definitely needed regarding the use of hypnosis in helping treat certain medical conditions, and if it proves to be effective it would be a great alternative for many people in which traditional therapies have been ineffective.

This is very interesting. I have heard of hypnosis for other things such as smoking cessation and PTSD. It seems like it might work because of the relaxation that hypnosis causes. I guess it won’t hurt to try especially someone who can’t get control of symptoms with current therapy.

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