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Hypnosis: a possible treatment for hot flashes in women and men?

By on August 15, 2014
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It is estimated that around 85% of women going through menopause may experience hot flashes, it is one of the most commonly recognized symptoms spurring numerous jokes about “power surges”, “tropical vacations on the inside” or even the “I’m still hot…just now it comes in flashes” humor. And humor is a wonderful thing and can help many to see the lighter side of this condition.

What is less know is that men too can suffer from hot flashes. One of my relatives is going through prostate cancer and a side effect of his treatment is that he experiences  sudden sweats and hot flashes. He finds these both uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassing.

Thankfully there are options, a variety of alternative therapies and lifestyle modifications that can help.

Hypnosis is fast becoming one of the “go-to” therapies for managing hot flashes and Baylor University is at the  forefront of  this research.

As hypnotists we have long held the belief that the unconscious mind does not differentiate between what is “real” and what is strongly imagined. Many “hypnosis for hot flashes” sessions work with creating strong images and visualizations of cool waterfalls, ice baths, cool breezes or a frosty winter morning. Allowing the client to relax into their own cool place, helps them to reduce the severity and is even reducing the frequency of the hot flashes in both men and women.

For more  information read the article below.

After successfully treating women suffering hot flashes by means of hypnotic relaxation therapy, researchers at Baylor University recently completed a study that similarly heeded relief from hot flashes for a man. Due to the rarity of the condition, and the aforementioned reluctance to confront the problem, Elkins’s study involved only one man, although it supports a 2012 study he did involving 187 women who suffered hot flashes as a result of either menopause or breast cancer treatment. In the first study, the women followed a five-week hypnosis treatment by clinically trained therapists. Hypnosis: a possible treatment for hot flashes in women and men?

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