Hypnosis – Applications in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

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Attractive skin!

This is a review of the uses of hypnosis mainly in the treatment of skin conditions.

“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


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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2 Responses to Hypnosis – Applications in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

  1. Shae Kleven says:

    What we need to do is take good care of our skin and an ideal condition is to take very much balanced diet. Deficiency of vitamins reduces the immunity as well as resistance power. Normally people also do not pay much attention towards small issues like itching and dryness. Often regular dryness becomes a big reason for dangerous skin disorders. It is also observed that people do not have much knowledge about different skin conditions and this unfamiliarity also creates big trouble..

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    • Anna Pons says:

      Thank you very much for your comment. A balanced diet is indeed a crucial element in the prevention of many diseases and for the achievement of general well being. In clinical hypnotherapy we tend to work with general practitioners and/or specialists such as nutritionists and dietitians. Once a patient has been checked and diagnosed with a particular condition, her/his diet is designed by the specialist. Then the patient has the chance to integrate that new diet into their daily routine by rehearsing it first from a hypnotic state. There are a variety of techniques available which may be more suitable to one person or another, depending on their background, experience, belief system and degree of determination. With the help of hypnotherapy, changes in our thoughts, emotions and behaviour are achieved in a much more effective and easier way than they would be without this psychological help. Hypnotherapy is compatible with traditional medication and should never suggest a patient to stop taking their medication. It is for this reason that it is very important to always check for a medical diagnose, do not accept self diagnoses and work side by side with the doctor whenever possible.

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