HYPNOTHERAPY could offer relief from severe chest pain that is not caused by a heart condition, according to a study out today.
About a third of people who have chest pain have no identifiable cause for why they suffer.
Researchers believe that acid reflux or psychological problems could be to blame - and young women seem to be more prone to getting the pain.
Now, in a small study of 28 patients, researchers found that 80% of the 15 people given hypnotherapy reported significant relief from pain.
Hypnotherapy also significantly improved the sense of overall well-being and reduced the use of painkillers and other drugs needed to control the condition.
In contrast, a group treated with another form of supportive therapy actually reported taking more drugs.
However, hypnotherapy did not affect levels of anxiety or depression.