Many cases of allergies are seen as being caused by psychosomatic factors. Merely trying to cope with the thought of an allergy is enough to raise stress levels which can make symptoms worse or trigger a reaction in the first place. And when an allergy is triggered, stress can also prevent the body from coping with it. You may also be causing an allergic reaction as a way of coping with another stressful situation that you want to escape from. So you see, an allergy has a psychological trigger attached to it as well as a physical one and this is where hypnosis can be an excellent allergy treatment.
It is not possible to ‘cure’ an allergy with Hypnosis, but it can be used to help manage the reactions to an allergy – which is an important part of allergy treatment. Hypnotherapy can be used to work on stress or emotional factors which may be exacerbating the allergic reaction (eg. When the immune system is weakened as a result of stress) and thereby have an indirect effect on the intensity of an allergic reaction.
The use of hypnotherapy for skin rashes, headaches and asthma is widely known, as it is a particularly effective treatment for stress and past traumas. In these and many other medical conditions it is known that stress can be a trigger or, as some now believe, may be the root cause.
Not all allergies can be assisted by hypnosis, and when considering an allergy treatment, your doctor should always be consulted before commencing any new program. Hypnotherapy is a great complimentary therapy for allergy treatment.
Hypnosis as an allergy treatment helps by reducing their intensity and frequency. By using positive suggestion while under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist works with the client to alter their perception of the allergy too. Your unconscious mind is responsible for reward and survival, making sure you respond quickly without conscious thought to protect yourself. This protective function is essential and very useful as we don’t have to relearn everything – helpful when you learn to drive or ride a bike, but not so good when it’s a habit you want to change. Unconscious responses such as comfort eating or smoking, as a reaction to stress, are the kind of habits we would often like to change. Sometimes a conscious decision alone is not enough so we need to address the unconscious mind.