Chronic asthma and improvement with relaxation induced by hypnotherapy

J R Soc Med. 1988 Dec;81(12):701-4. doi: 10.1177/014107688808101207.


Sixteen chronic asthmatic patients inadequately controlled by drugs had, after one year of hypnotherapy, a fall in admissions from 44 in the year before starting therapy to 13 in the year after. Duration of stay was reduced for 13 patients by 249 days; prednisolone was withdrawn in 6, reduced in 8 and increased in none. Side effects of drugs were reduced. Although 62% reported improvement on a visual analogue scale, observations of air flow gave variable results.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Bronchodilator Agents / administration & dosage
  • Bronchodilator Agents / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Admission
  • Relaxation Therapy*


  • Bronchodilator Agents