For this essay I have decided to look at the condition of psoriasis and the benefits of using Hypnotherapy as a treatment for that illness

For this essay I have decided to look at the condition of psoriasis and the benefits of using Hypnotherapy as a treatment for that illness. I have chosen this condition as I have the history of it in my family and one of my close relatives, D has suffered that for several years. Consequently investigating the subject may be of direct relevance to me and of benefit to my and his well-being.
In the essay I will describe what psoriasis is, the ways modern medicine sees possible causes of psoriasis and its physical representations, enlist the known types of the disease and the treatments available to the patients. Obviously I will also explore the possibilities and ways suggested by professionals how to treat psoriasis using hypnotherapy. The relevant screeds will be attached to the essay. In the end I will mention the
Psoriasis is a chronic skin and sometimes joints disorder considered by medical professionals as autoimmune disease. The fact that it is chronic doesn’t have to mean that one has visible symptoms all the time as the disease may have flares and moments of regression when it may disappear completely for some periods of time. Unfortunately American Academy of Dermatology state clearly that no one knows the cure for this disease yet and contemporary medicine can only offer the patient the treatments that can improve symptoms and appearance of the affected skin (AAD).
There are five most common types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, erythrodermic and psoriasis arthritis. However there are many less frequent types and the patient can suffer more than one type of it at the same time. It is also possible that one form of disease may change into another one and then into another again (NHS).
They all look a bit different however the general rule is that psoriasis causes reddish, peeling, cracking patches of skin that are dry and often are covered in silverfish scale. In some cases the patches are itchy or even sore. The plaque psoriasis is the most common as over 80% of patients suffer this type. More than 1,6 million people in the UK suffer that form of it, which makes it rather frequent ailment. Unfortunately the lifestyle w live nowadays doesn’t help with it. It usually tends to affect young to middle-aged people disregarding their sex. The plaques in plaque psoriasis usually appear on joint areas like elbows, knees and finger joints.
Researchers have not proven the precise cause of the disease however the professionals believe it develops due to combination of immune, genetic and environmental factors (Feldman). They believe that for unknown reasons certain immune cells become overactive and act as if they were fighting an infection or healing a wound that doesn’t exist. That leads to the rapid growth of skin cells (they multiply 28 times faster than skin in normal condition) causing psoriatic plaques to form (PA).
Some patients have family history of the disease which would suggest genetic background of it however the others do not have any family members that suffered any form of psoriasis and no particular gene has been identified as a responsible for that disease so far. Many researchers suggest that a lot of flare-ups of psoriasis are triggered by environmental factors, such as stress or anxiety, injury to skin, hormonal changes, or certain infections or medications (Patient).
Usually UV treatment, vitamin D, immuno-suppressants, anti-inflammatory pills and vitamin A derivatives together with topical steroid creams are prescribed in such cases, however as they often do not bring expected results patients quickly stop taking them after a few weeks and look for alternative treatments. What is more there are doctors that claim that most of those medications are more harmful than helpful in the long run (Mercola). They point out bad diet, life in constant stress and continuous fatigue as factors that create havoc in our immune system and indirectly trigger the disease.
Because modern medicine cannot agree unanimously on the matter and the traditional therapies often do not bring satisfying results it wouldn’t be bad idea to compliment medical treatment with hypnotherapy. Especially that many therapist suggest that patients with such diseases suffer similar emotional, psychological or spiritual problems and that they result in physical condition too (Tausk). Even medical sources suggest stress reduction (Medscape) and hypnotherapy (Sheffield Children’s NHS) as complementary treatments. There are numerous sources confirming that such therapy help many patients (Zacharie) especially if we consider highly suggestible patients (Tausk).
Obviously the prescribed medical treatment shouldn’t be terminated when the patient starts hypnotherapy and it should be stressed to the patient that a hypnotherapy is a complementary treatment. The patient must know that the therapist doesn’t encourage him to give up any medications or procedures advised by the medical doctor (Hogan p21). Even if the leading doctor firmly doesn’t believe in any benefits of hypnotherapy medical therapy should proceed.

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