Month: June 2014

Hypnotherapy for Psoriasis Triggered by Stress

Could past trauma be causing your psoriasis hell?

A growing number of psoriasis sufferers are finding relief from their debilitating condition through emotional healing.

Psoriasis Hypnotherapy

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin problem that can be caused by emotional issues, physical issues, or a mixture of both. Psoriasis causes dry, rough, and raised skin, with a red discoloring in the effected areas. Psoriasis can be painful in some cases, and can also be emotional painful in others where the skin problems are in more prominent features of the body such as the face or arms.

What Causes Psoriasis?

A variety of factors — ranging from emotional stress and trauma to streptococcal infection — can cause an episode of psoriasis. Recent research indicates that some abnormality in the immune system is the key cause of psoriasis. As many as 80% of people having flare-ups report a recent emotional trauma, such as a new job or the death of a loved one. Most doctors believe such external stressors serve as triggers for an inherited defect in immune function.

Emotional Causes of Psoriasis

For most of the clients we have worked with, the event which seems to trigger it of is a childhood trauma or a period of high stress. Things like :-

  • Divorce
  • Moving home
  • Changing schools
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Significant illness
  • Abuse
  • Birth of sibling

Of course this list is not exhaustive but it would cover the majority of the clients we have seen. These sort of events can create internal conflict, low-self-esteem, anger, frustration or low self-confidence within the client at a very young age. This type of self-conditioning can be powerful and become deep rooted.

Can Hypnotherapy Help with Psoriasis Treatment?

Hypnodermatology is an informal label for the use of hypnosis in treating the skin conditions that fall between conventional medical dermatology and the mental health disciplines.

The use of hypnosis to provide relief for some skin conditions is based on observations that the severity of the disease may correlate with emotional issues. In addition, hypnotherapy has been used to suggest improvement on dermatological symptoms, such as chronic psoriasis,[1] eczema,[2] ichtyosis, warts[3] and alopecia areata.[4]

Philip D. Shenefelt, a research dermatologist at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, has identified two dozen dermatologic conditions that have shown response to hypnosis in the literature.

These include successful results in controlled trials on verruca vulgaris, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.[5][6]

A 2005 review in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings stated that, “A review of the use of hypnosis in dermatology supports its value for many skin conditions not believed to be under conscious control”.[6]

The most comprehensively studied skin conditions in relation to hypnotherapy are psoriasis and warts.[3] Hypnosis may have positive effects on dermatological conditions in both adults and children.[7]

Psoriasis Hypnotherapy

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Hypnotherapy and Psoriasis Research

  1. Tausk, F.; Whitmore, S. E. (1999). “A pilot study of hypnosis in the treatment of patients with psoriasis”. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 68: 221–225. doi:10.1159/000012336.
  2. Mirvish, I. (1978). “Hypnotherapy for the child with chronic eczema: A case report”. South African Medical Journal 54: 410–412.
  3. Mendoza, M.E.; Capafons, A. (2009). “Efficacy of clinical hypnosis: A summary of its empirical evidence”. Papeles del Psicólogo 30 (2). p. 98-116. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. Willemsen, R.; Vanderlinden, J.; Deconinck, A.; Roseeuw, D. (2006). “Hypnotherapeutic management of alopecia areata”. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 55: 233–237. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.09.025.
  5. Shenefelt, P. S. (2008). “Relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis for skin disorders and procedures”. In De Luca, B. N. Mind-body relaxation and research focus. New York: Nova Science Publishers. pp. 45–63.
  6. Stewart, A.C.; Thomas, S.E. (1995). “Hypnotherapy as a treatment for atopic dermatitis in adults and children”. British Journal of Dermatology 132: 778–783.
  7. Saadat, H.; Kain, Z. N. (2007). “Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool in pediatrics”. Pediatrics 120 (1): 179–181. doi:10.1542/peds.2007-1082.
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Pleasure & Pain Run Your Life

Whether you realize it or not, pleasure and pain influence all of your choices, which drives your behavior and that in turn determines your life experiences.

Hard-coded in our DNA is the drive to survive.  Our survival instinct is almost definitely the number one program running in our complex biological computer network often simply called our mind.

Our mind encompasses our brain, our nervous system and our DNA. It is a sophisticated biological computer network that has the power to learn and evolve. It is so powerful that it puts any other computer system to shame.

Despite all of its inherent power and awesomeness, the mind is not without its shortcomings.  Importantly it is not fool proof, far from it.  As a matter of fact, a mind left to its own devices is destined to run into trouble sooner or later. The question is when, not if.

What really stops all of us from going crazy is consciousness, our ability to be self-aware.

Without conscious guidance the mind would run off the rails constantly. It is after all just a computer system, though a very clever one.

The problem for many people is that they have become so identified with their mind that they have effectively become enslaved by it.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. Why not start by recounting all of the times you have reacted irrationally in the last week.

And before you start blaming it on hormonal imbalances, guess what, hormones are part of your mind’s messaging system.

Our survival instinct is not the problem. Neither is our desire to avoid pain and seek pleasure, which stems from our survival instinct.

The problem is  that we have forgotten our true identity as spiritual (conscious) beings and identified with our mind instead. This in turn makes it difficult to correct our mind’s flaws. Instead we fall victim to suppressed emotions, flawed beliefs and other gremlins lurking in the dark corners of our unconscious (invisible) mind.

The solution?  Start separating from your mind and realize that our are not part of the computer program. You are the programmer and it is up to you to fix any programming errors that arise. To do that properly you need to find the courage to explore the vast unconscious (invisible) parts of your mind. It may be scary at first but it is the path to true power and freedom.




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