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 (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. Hypnosis can in many cases, reduce the size and severity of allergic skin reactions. This has been proven through clinical studies and experiments.
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 appear 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 often triggers an outbreak of eczema.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It has no known permanent cure. 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. Emotional stress can trigger psoriasis, however the precise causes are unknown.
Treatments with an emphasis to control the symptoms of psoriasis are common, as a search for a cure continues. Ointments, phototherapy, and prescription drugs are available by prescription, but many sufferers look to alternative therapy to help relieve their symptoms.
There are many health conditions where emotional factors play a significant role and hypnosis can offer some relief. Why is this? Our emotional states may appear to arise autonomously, in a way that is outside our control. It is true that an emotional response is not a conscious behaviour, however clear evidence suggests that we can modify the nature, intensity and duration of such responses with hypnosis. We could also refer to the skin as the “mirror of the mind” which may well reflect 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, the observation has been that by giving appropriate suggestions during the hypnotic trance, a decrease of the psoriasis has been the result.
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.
David Taylor is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist offering services to the greater Sunshine Coast region.