Eczema is a very distressing skin condition which can cause a person who suffers from it, great deal of discomfort. It is more common in children, and most people gradually grow out of it as they get older. For some people, however, eczema – which is essentially an allergic reaction – can continue to be a recurring problem through into adulthood.
The most common medical treatment for eczema is the application of Steroid creams. Although these can calm the irritation temporarily, they do not cure it, nor do they prevent outbreaks from occurring. Interestingly, hypnosis can achieve similar results because it has been clinically proven to reduce the size and severity of allergic skin reactions. Most clinicians and researchers agree that stress affects the course of dermatitis and eczema, and reducing stress levels can have a positive effect on the course of the disease. Emotional factors have been shown to have a strong correlation with the onset of eczema and flare ups. Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, which is one of the things that often triggers an outbreak of eczema.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder disease that affects millions of people worldwide. There is no known permanent cure for psoriasis. The top layer skin of Psoriasis is usually thicker and twice as thick as that of normal skin. Abnormal accelerated skin growth occurs every 3 to 4 days instead of the normal 28 to 30 days growth cycle and this causes skin cells to accumulate at the surface. The disease is unsightly and painful. Although the precise causes are unknown, it is known that psoriasis can be triggered by emotional stress.
Treatments with an emphasis on controlling the symptoms of psoriasis are common as there is no known cure. Ointments, phototherapy, and prescription drugs are often prescribed, but many sufferers look to alternative therapy to help relieve their symptoms.
Many health conditions where emotional factors play a significant role may be relieved by hypnosis. Why is this? Our emotional states may appear to arise autonomously, in a way that is outside our control. However, while it is true that emotional response is not a conscious behaviour, it has been clearly demonstrated that the nature, intensity and duration of such responses can be modified with hypnosis. The skin has been called the “mirror of the mind” and may well be the external manifestation of an internal conflict.
Hypnosis can be helpful treating this disease when it has a psychosomatic aspect and is triggered by stress. In dermatology, it has been seen that by giving appropriate suggestions during the hypnotic trance, a decrease of the psoriasis has been observed.
Studies show a very high recovery rate: 38 % saw recovery with psychoanalysis after 600 sessions, 72% saw recovery with behaviour therapy after 22 sessions, and 93% saw recovery with hypnotherapy after 6 sessions.