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Feasibility and acceptabAcupuncture/ hypnosis intervention for chronic pediatric pain.

15 Aug

A group of researchers from UCLA conducted a study to assess the usefulness of combining acupuncture and hypnosis for chronic pediatric pain. Thirty-three sequentially referred children (21 girls, 12 boys) aged 6-18 years were offered 6 weekly sessions consisting of individually tailored acupuncture treatment together with a 20-minute hypnosis session, conducted while the needles were in place. Parent and child ratings of pain and pain-related interferences in functioning, as well as child ratings of anxiety and depression, were obtained at pre-and post-treatment. The treatment was highly acceptable (only 2 patients refused; > or = 90% completed treatment) and there were no adverse effects. Both parents and children reported significant improvements in children''s pain and interference following treatment. Children''s anticipatory anxiety declined significantly across treatment sessions. Our results support the feasibility and acceptability of a combined acupuncture/hypnosis intervention for chronic pediatric pain.

Citation: Zeltzer LK, Tsao JC, Stelling C, Powers M, Levy S, Waterhouse M. A phase I study on the feasibility and acceptability of an acupuncture/ hypnosis intervention for chronic pediatric pain. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2002, Oct;24(4): pp. 437-46.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award