Sunday, February 08, 2009

Hypnotherapy for headaches in children

Chronic and episodic headaches in children and adolescents are a common problem and this German study looked for treatments other than the use of drugs. Two groups were given five sessions of treatment at weekly intervals. One group received hypnotherapy while the other received behavior therapy and talks to the doctor. Both types of treatments were effective but hypnotherapy was superior in reducing the frequency and intensity of headaches and in the patients' ability to control their headaches and well-being.
Reported in Forschende Komplementärmedizin 1999;6:44-46

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