“the purpose of hypnotherapy is to reduce suffering, to promote healing, or to help the person alter a destructive behavior…In dermatology, hypnosis may help decrease pain and pruritus in the skin; intervene in psychosomatic aspects of skin diseases; and lead to the resolution of some skin diseases, including verruca vulgaris…Hypnosis can regulate blood flow and other autonomic functions that are not usually under conscious control. The relaxation response that occurs with hypnosis also affects the neurohormonal systems that regulate many body functions….”
Good references on the responsiveness of skin diseases to hypnosis are found at the bottom of the article.
It is written by Philip D Shenefelt, MD, MS Professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of South Florida College of Medicine; Past Chief, Section of Dermatology, James A Haley Veteran Affairs Medical Center and a number of collaorators and board editors at the Medscape Reference website.
The article is well referenced and it portrays the importance that hypnosis and hypnotherapy has had in the recent years within the clinical field. Most of the references are from Medical journals.
Philip D Shenefelt, MD, MS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physician Executives, American Contact Dermatitis Society, American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Florida Medical Association, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, and Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis