Alleviating Skin Conditions

In dermatology, suggestions given during a clinical hypnotherapy trance can help decrease skin pain and irritation, and even lead to the resolution of numerous conditions, from verrucae to psoriasis.

Hypnotherapy can be especially helpful when dealing with skin diseases that have a psychosomatic cause, allowing a sufferer to uncover the psychological reason for skin eruptions through hypnoanalysis.

Griesemer (1978), who was trained both in dermatology and psychiatry, recorded the many incidences of emotional triggering of dermatoses in his patients during one year. Grossbart and Sherman (1992) discussed mind-body interactions regarding skin diseases, and included hypnosis as a recommended therapy for a number of skin conditions.

Stress is known to play an important role in the onset, exacerbation, and prolongation of psoriasis. Hypnosis and suggestion can have hugely positive effects on psoriasis. Tausk and Whitmore (1999) performed a small randomised double-blind controlled trial using hypnosis as adjunctive therapy for psoriasis, with significant improvement of highly hypnotisable subjects.

An early report by Sulzberger and Wolf (1934) on the efficacy of hypnotic suggestion in treating warts has been confirmed in numerous studies. In one well-conducted, controlled, study that serves as a typical example (Surman, Gottlieb, Hackett, & Silverberg 1973), 53% of the experimental group had improvement of their warts three months after the first of five hypnotherapy sessions, while none of the control group had improvement.

Stewart and Thomas (1995) treated 18 adults with hypnotherapy for extensive atopic dermatitis, which had been resistant to conventional treatment. They used various clinical hypnotherapy techniques, including deep relaxation, stress management, direct suggestion for non-scratching behaviour, direct suggestion for skin comfort and coolness, ego strengthening, post-hypnotic suggestions, and instruction in self-hypnosis. The results were statistically significant for reduction in itching, scratching, sleep disturbance, and tension. Reported topical steroid use decreased from the original amount by 40% at 4 weeks, 50% at 8 weeks, and 60% at 16 weeks. For milder cases of atopic dermatitis, hypnosis can be sufficient, along with moisturisation, as a primary alternative treatment.

If you have a skin condition which has so far been resistant to conventional treatment, or you are concerned about the prolonged use of steroid creams,  you may wish to try clinical hypnotherapy. Feel free to contact me for more information.

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