Hypnosis for Hot Flashes and Memory Loss

iced coffeeCan hypnosis make you forget you are in menopause? Scientists at Baylor University in Texas suggest that it is possible. For the last couple of years, the school’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory has shown that hypnotic relaxation therapy can combat some of the most vexing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and memory loss.

Hypnotic relaxation therapy helps people relax physically and emotionally. By focusing attention on a spot or object, patients are brought into a “hypnotic state,” where they become more receptive to therapeutic suggestions. For example, if a woman was trying to get rid of her hot flashes, she might be directed to focus on a mental image of a cool breeze or an iced drink.

Take a minute. Close your eyes and see if you can get it to work for you.

I am picturing icebergs. Made of coffee. And condensed milk. I am seeing a straw. Wait, I am trying to focus here.

Where were we? Oh yes. I, for one, believe in the power of suggestion. I have gotten back pain to go away by telling it to stop bothering me. Similar tactics have worked on overzealous salespeople and whiny children. So maybe we can get hot flashes to go away by forgetting they exist. It’s certainly worth a try. We just have to remember to do it.


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