The following article first appeared in the Daily Mirror written by Dr Miriam Stoppard. Her description of the benefits of hypnotherapy for menopause symptoms is very easy yo understand and concise so if you would like to read the article here it is...
Hypnotherapy is great for using during childbirth. Most Women find it amazingly helpful and the research is very robust. Now this easy to learn technique could prove a book to women with menopausal symptoms. What’s more, it’s massively superior to herbs, ginseng, soya, evening primrose oil, yoga and acupuncture – all of which are unproven despite their popularity.
Many women might shy away from using hypnotherapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, but a report suggests that of all the alternative treatments available – from herbal supplements such as black cohosh to acupuncture – hypnosis is almost uniquely effective in alleviating symptoms of the menopause.
As the menopause approaches, oestrogen levels drop, the ovaries cease production of an egg every month and menstruations stops. As well as the embarrassment of hot flushes, sleep is often interrupted by night sweats, mood swings are common and vaginal dryness and a loss of libido affect a woman’s sex life. However, fewer that one in 10 women seeks medical advice. Dr Janet Carpenter, who led the expert panel for the North American Menopause Society said: “Many women try one thing after another. This information (about hypnotherapy) will be critical before they stumble on something that works”
The panel of experts commissioned by NAMS reviews the results of rigorous clinical studies on Hypnotherapy. They concluded that there was solid evidence that using this, and also cognitive behavioural therapy, were beneficial for menopausal symptoms. One study showed that women who had hypnotherapy five times a week had a dramatic reduction in the number and severity of hot flushes.
So how does hypnotherapy work? It’s a powerful, natural and safe state of profound relaxation that you allow yourself to enter. You remain in control of your body and mind and you can come out of hypnosis at any time.
We all experience a state of hypnosis many times a day – you drive to work but on arrival you have no recollection of the journey for example. Hypnosis allows you to visualise your body without troublesome menopausal symptoms. Body and mind are linked.
Your body doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality so imagining that you can control your hot flushes becomes what you experience.
It will empower you to trust your body and have confidence controlling it. You can be taught by a hypnotherapist. Try one of two weekly sessions to see if it helps you.
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