Hypnosis Improves Postradiation Drymouth

Hypnosis Improves Postradiation Drymouth

  • Posted on: December 27, 2010
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In a remarkable study concluded in Israel, a single session of hypnosis produced significant improvements in dry mouth for postradiation cancer patients.  Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common distressing side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  In this study patients were given one session of hypnosis to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.  The session was recorded and patients were instructed to listen to the CD twice a day.  The researchers were stunned with their results.  They found a 66% overall improvement in the patients xerostomia and a 75% increase in saliva flow!  As the study states: ” Symptomatic improvement significantly correlated with the number of times the patient listened to the CD.”  Now you know why I always instruct my patients to “Listen to the CD!”  To check out the full synopsis just click this link:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18809612.