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Hypnosis medical hypnosis may be used as an adjunctive treatment option for women with hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Medical hypnosis for hyperemesis gravidarum.
Simon EP, Schwartz J.
Department of Psychology, Tripler Regional Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96859, USA. (e-mail: ericsimon@yahoo.com)
Birth 1999 Dec;26(4):248-54

Hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy is a serious condition that is often resistant to conservative treatments. Medical hypnosis is a well-documented alternative treatment. This article reviews the empirical studies of medical hypnosis for treating hyperemesis gravidarum, explains basic concepts, and details the treatment mechanisms. The importance of a thorough differential diagnosis and appropriate referrals is stressed. The article presents three case studies to illustrate the efficacy of this treatment approach. It is suggested that medical hypnosis should be considered as an adjunctive treatment option for those women with hyperemesis gravidarum. It is also stressed that medical hypnosis can be used to treat common morning sickness that is experienced by up to 80 percent of pregnant women. Its use could allow a more comfortable pregnancy and healthier fetal development, and could prevent cases that might otherwise proceed to full-blown hyperemesis gravidarum.

The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine.
Peebles-Kleiger MJ.
Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas, USA. (e-mail: peeblemj@menninger.edu)
Emergency Medical Clinics of North America 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x

Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described. Negative effects are discussed.

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