Hypnosis could help children with emotional breathing problems

February 14, 9:13 AM Charlotte Health and Happiness Examiner Kathleen Blanchard RN

Hypnosis could help children with emotional respiratory symptoms.


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In a paper published in Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, Ran D. Anbar, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY suggests that hypnosis should be considered for children whose respiratory symptoms are brought about as the result of a mind-body component. Children with asthma who hyperventilate, breathe noisily, cough disruptively, or otherwise have emotionally triggered respiratory symptoms could be calmed with hypnosis.

Coughing out of habit or vocal cord dysfunction that produces a high pitched noise with breathing but can have psychological roots, found to be absent during sleep might be indicative that hypnosis can relieve symptoms of asthma of breathing difficulty triggered by emotions.

"Dr. Anbar has added hypnosis to our therapeutic toolbox. When breathing problems have a large mind-body component, resolution with hypnosis can dramatically reduce the need for expensive testing and medications," says Harold Farber, MD, MSPH, Editor of Pediatric Asthma, Allergy Immunology, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pulmonology, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Hypnosis for children with asthma or other breathing disorders should always be performed by a medical professional warns Anbar. Only individuals with special training in hypnosis therapy should be considered to help alleviate respiratory symptoms of asthma in children triggered by emotions.

Pediatric Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology DOI: 10.1089/pai.2009.0025