Our skin is our largest organ and can often mirror what is happening in our unconscious minds.
Both acupuncture and hypnotherapy have been shown to influence allergic responses which can cause eczema as well as alleviate the typical symptoms (itching, irritation and general discomfort). A report in the British Medical Journal as far back as 1963 revealed that hypnosis could prevent hypersensitive skin reactions to allergens and thereby prevent inflammation and irritation.
Black S. Inhibition of immediate-type hypersensitivity response by direct suggestion under hypnosis. British Medical Journal (1963)1, 925-9.
A report of the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Clinical Immunology and Allergy in 1992 (2) acknowledged that acupuncture and hypnotherapy have a ‘role to play’ in the treatment of allergy-induced eczema.
In a recent survey of research into hypnosis in dermatology, Dr. Philip D. Shenefelt, a professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Chief of Dermatology at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital concluded:
“Hypnosis is currently an underused therapy in dermatology. In appropriately selected patients, it can decrease or eliminate symptoms, and, in some cases, it can induce lasting remissions or cures of skin diseases.”