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Relief from hot flashes : the natural, drug-free program to reduce hot flashes, improve sleep, and ease stress
Elkins, Gary Ray, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York : demosHealth, LLC, 2014.
Physical Description:
xvi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Based upon a decade of research conducted by the author, Relief from Hot Flashes is the first book to offer a step-by-step guide to reduce hot flashes, improve sleep, and ease stress through hypnotic relaxation therapy. Hypnotic relaxation is a mind-body therapy involving individualized mental imagery and suggestion in a deeply relaxed state. This 5 week program has been shown to reduce hot flashes by 80% on average.
Understanding hot flashes. How this book will help you ; What causes hot flashes ; Breast cancer and hot flashes ; Hormone replacement: the risks and benefits ; Nonhormonal therapies for hot flashes: what do we really know? ; Hypnotic relaxation therapy: what it is and why you need it -- First things first. Measuring your hot flashes ; Identifying your hot flash triggers ; Assessing your sleep ; Rating the interference of your hot flashes on your mood, relationships, and quality of life -- Hypnotic relaxation therapy: the solution for hot flashes. Hypnotic relaxation therapy: what happens ; Week 1: starting your practice ; Week 2: individualizing your practice ; Week 3: learning self-hypnosis for hot flashes ; Week 4: knowing your body and controlling your hot flashes ; Week 5: setting goals and maintaining your progress ; Assessing your progress ; If you need additional help -- Afterword: women share their experiences using the relief from hot flashes program -- Appendix. Hot flash daily diary ; Hot flash triggers log ; Sleep rating form ; Hot flash related daily interference scale (HFRDIS) ; Hypnotic relaxation practice checklist.
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RG186 .E555 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RG186 .E555 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RG186 .E555 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RG186 .E555 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RG186 .E555 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Available to the public for the first time, a groundbreaking, non-hormonal treatment, proven to reduce hot flashes by 80% on average

Based upon a decade of research conducted by Dr. Gary Elkins, Relief from Hot Flashes provides a safe, effective way to reduce the number and intensity of hot flashes. This innovated, five-week program has already helped thousands of women with hot flashes and night sweats caused by menopause, perimenopause, breast cancer treatment, and other conditions. Now you can experience the benefits, too.

Learn how to use hypnotic relaxation therapy, the most successful, evidence-based alternative therapy for reducing hot flashes Access five 30-minute audio recordings to guide your practice and improve results Improve your sleep, mood, concentration, and sex life Achieve quick results. Many women feel benefits within the first two weeks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Baylor University psychologist and neuroscientist Elkins presents a drug- and hormone-free program for significantly reducing hot flashes and night sweats. Utilizing simple, effective techniques gleaned from a decade of research in hypnotic relaxation therapy, Elkins's five-week plan begins with a comprehensive primer on hot flashes (what causes them, ties to breast cancer, the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapies, and non-hormonal therapies) before segueing into a concise explanation and history of hypnotic relaxation therapy. Steps to measure and document hot flashes, their possible triggers, and their impact on self-image and day-to-day life are provided; Elkins then earnestly guides readers through a week-by-week practice of mental imagery and self-hypnosis that's aided by questionnaires, diary entries, self-assessments, and access to downloadable audio files. Inspirational testimonials from women who've successfully completed the program round out the book. While readers may question the idea of hypnosis as a valid treatment, Elkins cites encouraging results (participants in relevant studies decreased the occurrence of hot flashes by an average of 70 to 80 percent) that suggest his all-natural plan is one deserves consideration. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Baylor University professor Elkins (director, the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory) is a clinical health psychologist with expertise in hypnotic relaxation therapy. Here he describes his innovative five-week program that teaches women the techniques of relaxation, mental imagery, and self-hypnosis to treat the hot flashes that often accompany menopause and breast cancer treatment. He claims that hot flashes are often associated with fatigue, irritability, and depression, causing about 20 percent of women to experience symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Elkins describes the current traditional hormonal and nonhormonal therapies and outlines their drawbacks. Research conducted at the Baylor laboratory demonstrated that women who used his hypnotic relaxation therapy program, which employs audio files and which he carefully outlines in the book, were able to reduce their hot flashes by up to 80 percent on average. The author includes forms for daily diary-keeping, as well as for recording individual triggers and sleep ratings. Verdict This book is not as comprehensive as Christiane Northrup's popular The Wisdom of Menopause (2012) but should bring hope to sufferers who have attempted to apply standard medical advice without success. Recommended.-Linda F. Petty, Wimberley, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Patricia J. Sulak, MD
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Understanding Hot Flashes
1 How This Book Will Help Youp. 3
2 What Causes Hot Flashes?p. 25
3 Breast Cancer and Hot Flashesp. 23
4 Hormone Replacement: The Risks and Benefitsp. 33
5 Nonhormonal Therapies for Hot Flashes: What Do We Really Know?p. 45
6 Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: What It Is and Why You Need Itp. 63
First Things First
7 Measuring Your Hot Flashesp. 75
8 Identifying Your Hot Flash Triggersp. 87
9 Assessing Your Sleepp. 95
10 Rating the Interference of Your Hot Flashes on Your Mood, Relationships, and Quality of Lifep. 202
Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: The Solution for Hot Flashes
11 Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: What Happensp. 222
12 Week 1: Starting Your Practicep. 229
13 Week 2: Individualizing Your Practicep. 229
14 Week 3: Learning Self-Hypnosis for Hot Flashesp. 247
15 Week 4: Knowing Your Body and Controlling Your Hot Flashesp. 263
16 Week 5: Setting Goals and Maintaining Your Progressp. 279
17 Assessing Your Progressp. 195
18 If You Need Additional Helpp. 209
Afterword: Women Share Their Experiences Using the Relief from Hot Flashes Programp. 217
Hot Flash Daily Diaryp. 225
Hot Flash Triggers logp. 227
Sleep Rating Formp. 229
Hot Flash Related Daily Interference Scale (HFRDIS)p. 231
Hypnotic Relaxation Practice Checklistp. 233
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 251