In this study hypnosis performed better than previous treatments for hot flashes including black cohosh, soy, and vitamin E which have been shown to be the same as placebo for relieving hot flashes.
The intervention involved mental imagery to evoke coolness, such as walking down a mountain path on a cool day. The imagery was individualized to include places a patient had been to and things she’d experienced. The emphasis was on teaching the women self-hypnosis with the goal of patient empowerment.
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