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Hypnosis is a recognised complementary treatment for psoriasis. Referred to as Hypnodermatology, its aim is to utilise the innate healing power of the mind and body. If you believe you suffer from psoriasis you should always seek medical diagnosis and treatment before approaching a hypnotherapist.
Psoriasis is a non contagious skin condition. Its most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale. In 10 to 30% of sufferers the psoriasis can also present as psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.
The skin is the external barrier to our body. In order to maintain its protective function it is continually growing, as the older cells reach the surface they die and are sloughed off. When psoriasis occurs in the skin the cycle of cell growth is reduced from about a month to 3 to 4 days. The increased activity produces the characteristic redness with a white flaky build up of dead skin cells. It is believed that faulty signals from the immune system are the cause.
A Recommended Treatment for Psoriasis
Hypnotherapy can be effective as a treatment for psoriasis. This may be because of the link between Psoriasis and ones immune system and ones immune system and ones frame of mind; a link that is explored in the science of psychoneuroimmunology.
The Psoriasis Association on their complementary therapies page states that hypnotherapy can be useful in the treatment of psoriasis. They highlighted that hypnosis is a relaxation technique and stress is a well known as a trigger for psoriasis.
Science points to Hypnotherapy
A pilot study of hypnosis in the treatment of patients with psoriasis carried out at the St Johns Hopkins School of medicine in Baltimore revealed the potential benefit of using hypnotherapy. The study showed that hypnotherapy improved the condition of a patient’s psoriasis. It concluded that the greater the depth of hypnosis achieved (hypnotisability) the greater the improvement in the psoriasis.
The Alternative Cause for Psoriasis
The alternative view, sometimes utilised with treatment using hypnotherapy, is that psoriasis is caused by trapped emotion or an inappropriate release mechanism for emotion. In practice there are many different approaches that are utilised in hypnotherapy and looking for possible emotional triggers is just one.
Stephen Rigby offers a free half hour introduction session at his Guildford practice if you wish to discuss your complaint in more detail. If you are looking for complementary therapy to supplement conventional medicine, maybe clinical hypnosis is the valuable tool you need.(Normal Charges Here)
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