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February 18, 2010

Hypnosis can ease respiratory trouble in children

A new study says that, hypnosis can potentially ease symptoms of respiratory diseases among kids.
Hypnosis in childrenRan D. Anbar, professor of paediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York, recommends hypnosis as a treatment option when a child's respiratory symptoms appear to 've a psychological component.The research explores proper utilisation of hypnosis with conventional treatment & its ability to use the mind-body connection to bring about physiological changes.
    Symptoms includes:
  • Discomfort during medical procedures
  • Habitual coughing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Noise while inhaling such as a gasp or squeak
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Unexplained sensations of difficulty in breathing
Dr. Anbar points to symptoms like difficulty in breathing, disruptive cough, hyperventilation, noise on inhaling such as a gasp or squeak, & difficulty swallowing despite normal lung function as possible indications for the use of hypnosis to supplement medical therapy.

Symptoms that 're absent during sleep, can be associated with a particular activity or location, or 're linked to or triggered by an emotional response may be particularly responsive to hypnosis.

Hypnosis can also help lessen sensations of difficulty in breathing & anxiety in other respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis & asthma. It is also a valuable tool for easing a child's anxiety & helping patients control their response to discomfort.

Dr. Anbar cautions that hypnosis should not be attempted or considered for use by someone who is not a health care provider & has not received appropriate training in the technique, says a SUNY release.

“Anbar has added hypnosis to our therapeutic toolbox. When breathing problems 've a large mind-body component, resolution with hypnosis can dramatically reduce the need for expensive testing & medications,” says Harold Farber - editor of Paediatric Asthma, Allergy Immunology, & associate professor of paediatrics, section of pulmonology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, which published these findings.

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