Nausea and vomiting are very common side effects of chemotherapy. A number of drugs are often used to control nausea.
A study appeared in the Journal of Oncology in 2000 that discussed the efficacy of hypnosis in treating nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. They not only wanted to see if hypnosis played a role in reducing nausea and vomiting after receiving chemotherapy, but before as well. Many cancer patients have anticipatory nausea and vomiting just before receiving treatment.
The study consisted of 16 cancer patients who were experiencing anticipatory nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. All participants had had at least 4 chemotherapy sessions. The patients received hypnotherapy involving an induction and then suggestions to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
The results of the study were highly significant. All 16 participants' anticipatory nausea and vomiting disappeared, meaning they no longer experienced nausea and vomiting prior to their chemotherapy treatments. Many of the participants even saw a reduction in vomiting after receiving chemotherapy.
The results showed that hypnosis is highly effective in treating anticipatory nausea and vomiting. The study also showed that hypnosis can help treat vomiting due to chemotherapy treatments. Hypnosis is a natural way to help reduce the occurrence of nausea and vomiting, helping increase the well-being of cancer patients.
Marchioro, G., Azzarello, G., Viviani, F., Barbato, F., Pavanetto, M., Rosetti, F., Pappagallo, G.L, and Vinante, O. (2000). Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy. Oncology, 59. 100-104.