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Archive for the 'Hypnosis' Category

Status of hypnosis/guided imagery for fibromyalgia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Germany performed a systematic review of the evidence. (more…)

Are psychological treatments effective for fibromyalgia pain?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

fibromyalgiaSome are effective, some are promising, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. (more…)

Review: Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

This Cochrane review reports on 6-month quit rates. (more…)

CAM in the US: Patterns of use

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve largely ignored these studies in the past, but perhaps it’s worth a second look.

To start, this 1993 study by Dr. David Eisenberg, who is now the director of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard University, is considered a landmark in the field of “unconventional medicine.” (more…)

Review: Biofeedback for headache

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Dr. Frank Andrasik (photo) at the University of West Florida, in Pensacola has reviewed the evidence for each category of biofeedback.

Here’s what we know about preventive or acute therapy for migraine. (more…)

Review: CAM to treat menopausal vasomotor symptoms

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed allopathic and CAM options.

Let’s focus on CAM. (more…)

CAM use among US adolescents

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Prof. Ernst sees encouraging evidence for some treatments.

But does it matter? (more…)

Predicting IBS responders to hynotherapy

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Approximately two-thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) respond well to hypnotherapy.

Researchers at the University of Manchester, in the UK, assessed whether a therapeutic response to hypnosis could be predicted by relating mood to a positive, neutral or negative color. (more…)

Use of CAM in patients with head and neck cancer

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Researchers at the National University of Singapore surveyed the use of CAM in residents of Singapore who had head and neck cancer.

Here are their findings compared to other countries where similar studies have been conducted. (more…)

Hypnosis to help manage children in the dentist’s chair

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

It’s a challenge.

In this Cochrane review, researchers at the Military Dental Centre in Seeb, Oman, reviewed the evidence for hypnosis (with or without sedation). (more…)

Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

Let’s focus on complementary options. (more…)

Managing nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

Monday, July 12th, 2010

nude-pregnancyThey’re among the cardinal signs of early pregnancy — experienced by 50% to 80% of women.

Let’s focus on CAM options from this review by researchers at the University of Utah and the University of California at San Francisco. (more…)

Complementary therapies for patients with leukemia

Monday, July 5th, 2010

little guyThe Integrative Medicine Service, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City offers their perspective. (more…)

Self-hypnosis and biofeedback for spinal-cord injury pain

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Dr. Mark Jensen (photo), who is Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle has published a series of studies on this topic.

Here’s a summary of his most recent research, and an overview of the past 3 years. (more…)

CAM treatments for irritable bowel syndrome

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Several can be recommended as part of an evidence-based approach to treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to researchers from the University of Ottawa in Ontario. (more…)

Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

After 6 months, twice as many smokers who chose hypnotherapy remained smoke free compared to those going “cold turkey,” according to this report at last year’s meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. (more…)

The role of CAM to treat anxiety and depression

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Here’s a review of the evidence by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth. (more…)

CAM use in functional bowel disorder

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

 One-third of these patients use CAM.

Are they dissatisfied with mainstream treatments? (more…)

Complementary and integrative medicine at Johns Hopkins

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

 The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center opened Sept. 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland. (more…)

Hypnotherapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

 Mental imagery and hypnotherapy helped alleviate pain in this study (page 55) by researchers at Bangor University in the UK presented during The British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. (more…)