Hypnotherapy and Chemotherapy

A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings * had this to say about the use of hypnosis as an adjunct to chemotherapy treatment of cancers:

“Chemotherapy often is associated with nausea and vomiting. Hypnosis has been  studied for reducing these and other adverse effects.

Children receiving  chemotherapy who were assigned randomly to hypnosis had less anticipatory nausea and vomiting and less vomiting with chemotherapy
compared with a control group.

A later prospective randomized trial examined the effects of hypnosis for the
adverse effects of chemotherapy in children with a resultant significant decrease in anticipatory nausea and the need for antiemetic medications. Children who learned self-hypnosis techniques were believed to have gained feelings of control over their situations.

Hypnosis has been used successfully in other areas of oncology. Patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation treated with hypnosis experienced significantly less oral pain than control patients.

Patients with metastatic breast cancer benefited from self-hypnosis and from participation in group support. Despite a lack of specific suggestions, the women benefited with significantly less pain and an increased duration of survival.

An untapped potential for hypnosis for cancer treatment is the reported
ability to alter regional blood flow, which offers the prospect of increasing the delivery of chemotherapy to a tumor or reducing blood flow to it.”

You can read the entire article here

* Mayo Clin Proc. • April 2005;80(4): Page 519

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