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Treating bulimia with hypnosis and low-level light therapy: a case report
Author(s): Eleanor Laser; Michael Sassack
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Paper Abstract

This case report describes an effort to control bulimia nervosa by combining low-level laser therapy (LLLT)-the application of red and near-infrared light to specific body points-and hypnosis. A 29-year old female with a 14-year history of bulimia received one session of LLLT combined with hypnosis. Two weeks later, following a measurable decrease in bulimic episodes (purging), a session of psychotherapy and hypnosis was administered. Six months post-treatment, the patient has experienced a complete cessation of purging activities without recurrence. LLLT, when used in conjunction with hypnosis and psychotherapy, was effective in managing bulimia and may prove useful in treating other eating disorders.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8211, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VII, 82110H (16 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.905375
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Eleanor Laser, Consultant (United States)
Michael Sassack, Sassack Family Acupuncture (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8211:
Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VII
Michael R. Hamblin; Juanita Anders; James D. Carroll, Editor(s)

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