A new report this week, concluded there was solid evidence that both hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are beneficial in managing menopausal symptoms. Commissioned by the North American Menopause Society.
The study showed that women who underwent hypnotherapy had a dramatic reduction in the number and severity of hot flushes.
A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, indicated that a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach that combines relaxation techniques, good sleep routines, and a positive, healthy mindset was significantly effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. The approach was significantly better than a "structured attention" therapy approach in postmenopausal women with frequent hot flashes and significantly better than no treatment in breast cancer survivors.
Read the full report here.
In summary of all the alternative treatments offered to women from herbal supplements such as black cohosh, evening primrose oil and ginseng to yoga and acupuncture, hypnotherapy was found to be most effective in alleviating menopausal symptoms.
50 to 80 percent of women approaching menopause try non hormonal therapies for hot flashes. Many don't really work, and sticking with those therapies can just prolong the misery.
If you know someone suffering, you may want to let them know there could be a solution.