Dealing With Psoriasis Through Hypnotherapy



To put it in a nutshell is a skin disease marked by red, itchy scaly patches. And Hypno- dermatology is the informal label for using hypnosis in treating skin conditions.

If we were to look at Psoriasis metaphysically we are dealing with the excessive fear of being hurt due to damage to self esteem in the past. It is also associated with deep self hatred and a belief that one is not worthy of being loved. Most patients feel

  • Not good enough
  • Disgusting
  • Ugly
  • Useless
  • Worthless

All this could be present together or variably or just one of them could be present. Often suffers identify themselves with psoriasis and have a deep belief that it cannot be cured, it is this belief that makes recovery difficult.

Many of them have deep anger issues, almost 90% dealt with anger issues. This is usually self directed. Psoriasis is viewed as some kind of punishment. The anger is directed towards the skin in particular and the manifesting psoriasis, clients usually say things like,”I hate my skin”

Hypnotherapy comes to the rescue by creating a change in the belief systems about themselves and the trauma that they are dealing with.  This happens because the hypnotic trance allows the current day adult to visit the event of trauma reassess the situation as an responsible adult and help the traumatized inner child to deal with it.

As hypnotherapy gets the client to a space of almost forgetting their condition it helps to reduce the redness and itching that often accompany psoriasis. The skin, which is the largest organ in the human body is totally controlled by the subconscious mind.

The skin reflects the exact condition that the mind is in, as an example, the redness when one is embarrassed, or the paleness when one is tired. The dark circles of illness; these are all direct from the subconscious mind. so the red itchy skin, is about self directed anger and this requires forgiveness and healing.

The other two core beliefs would be “I am not good enough” and the “Victim” belief. A study by Paul Howard who specializes in hypno-dermatology shows 28% experienced 95% reduction in the psoriatic lesion. 29% obtained about 50% relief, 43% saw little or no reduction.

All participants reported a completely different attitude to their psoriasis.

A pilot study of hypnosis in the treatment of patients with Psoriasis by Tausk F and Whitmore SE  author Tausk F is from the department of Dermatology, The John Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore Md, USA he is accessible at ftausk@welchlink.welch. Is as follows

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of hypnosis as a treatment modality for patients with psoriasis, the proposal was based on the observations that the severity of the disease could be co-related to the emotional stress.

Tausk&Whitmore, conducted a three month randomized, single-blind controlled trial of the use of hypnosis with stable, chronic, plaque type psoriasis. The details of the test can be read here  – The study concluded that hypnosis could be an useful therapeutic tool to deal with psoriasis.


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