Hypnosis works for hot flashes, fatigue from menopause

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 9.14.47 AMHypnosis is effective in significantly improving symptoms for menopausal hot flashes and fatigue, according to studies.  Experience here at ChangeWorks and reports of other prominent hypnotherapists we talk with in other parts of the country confirm this experience for clients in general.  While no one approach works the same way for everyone, hypnosis for hot flashes and fatigue associated with menopause and perimenopause has been shown effective in multiple studies, which have concluded hypnosis to provide “significant improvement” in the quality of sleep, reduction of the frequency and severity of hot flashes, and reduction of fatigue.


The abstract, or summary, of just one such study is printed below:

“The primary objective of this study was to observe the effect of hypnosis on hot flashes (HF) and overall quality of life in symptomatic patients. A secondary objective was to observe the effect of hypnosis on fatigue. Ten healthy volunteers and four breast cancer patients (total 14 patients) with symptoms of HF were treated with four, 1 h/wk sessions of hypnosis. The same physician, with the help of a nurse, conducted every session. All subjects recorded frequency, duration, and severity of HF in a HF diary. The QLQ-C30 and Brief Fatigue Inventory forms were used to assess the impact on quality of life and fatigue, respectively. The statistical evaluations were performed, including analysis of variance and nonparametric procedures. The frequency (p < 0.0001), duration (p < 0.0001), and severity (p < 0.0001) of HF were significantly reduced. The overall quality of life was also improved (p = 0.05). The subjects enjoyed better sleep and had less insomnia (p = 0.012).

There was a significant improvement on current fatigue level (p = 0.017), but we did not find a statistically significant reduction in the total fatigue level. We conclude that hypnosis appears to be a feasible and promising intervention for HF, with a potential to improve quality of life and insomnia.” Source: Mind control of menopause. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12732444 Womens Health Issues. 2003 Mar-Apr;13(2):74-8. Younus J, Simpson I, Collins A, Wang X. London Regional Cancer Centre, Ontario, Canada.

Hypnosis is effective in improving sleep that is being disturbed from other issues, too, such as insomnia, trouble with CPAP masks, nightmares, and more.  Learn more on our page about hypnosis for sleep.

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