Uses of hypnosis in the treatment of uncontrollable belching: a case report

Am J Clin Hypn. 1996 Apr;38(4):263-70. doi: 10.1080/00029157.1996.10403350.


Uncontrollable belching is frequently benign in origin, but can be distressing in its psychosocial consequences. Physicians have little to offer in the way of medical treatment. This is a case report of a 71-year-old woman with incessant eructation of four months duration treated with brief psychotherapy utilizing hypnosis. The patient was symptom-free at termination, and this improvement was sustained at six month follow-up. This paper includes a detailed description of some of the hypnotic suggestions as well as a discussion of the factors that may have contributed to change.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Eructation*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*