Did you know hypnosis is a highly effective way to relieve allergies?
If you are surprised, you are not alone. But the truth is, a skilled Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapist can help to relieve your allergies.
But first, it’s important to understand what allergies actually are and what causes them.
What is an allergy?
You will find this definition on WebMD, “Your immune system’s job is to protect you from bacteria and viruses. If you have allergies, though, part of your immune system works too hard. It may attack harmless substances — like cat dander or pollen — in your nose, lungs, eyes, and under your skin. When your body meets an allergen, it makes chemicals called IgE antibodies. They cause the release of chemicals like histamine, which cause swelling and inflammation. This creates familiar symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing as your body tries to remove the allergen.”
Simply put, an allergy is how your body responds to a substance when it thinks the immune system is under attack.
Now, if a person suffers from an allergy, their body becomes hypersensitive to that substance or ‘allergen’.
Exposed to the allergen, the immune system feels threatened and begins defending itself, producing antibodies, which usually result in symptoms such as:
- runny nose or stuffy nose
- breathing difficulties
Allergic reactions are medically treated with anti-histamines (to neutralize the histamines) and steroids (to reduce swelling and redness).
Allergy treatment with Hypnosis
For hypnosis experts, allergies are quite similar to phobias, in that they may be a learned behavior. It may be associated with some kind of trauma, real or perceived.
For example, a child who observes the mother’s reaction to a bee sting can develop an allergy based on that experience. What’s more fascinating is, if the bee was in a garden, the child may have associated the parent’s reaction with flowers or grass and develop allergies to flowers or even perfumes.
While some therapists use systematic desensitization to work with allergies, it is a really slow method and may take months or even years to achieve any relief, if at all. It can also prove dangerous since the person is exposed to the allergen, even though in minimal quantities.
The biggest advantage of relieving allergies with hypnosis is that in order to desensitize the allergy, you do not need to expose the client to the allergen at all!
Wondering how hypnosis can help with allergy?
Since allergies, like phobias, are acquired behaviors, altering the perception of the real or perceived trauma in the person’s mental map proves extremely effective in desensitizing allergies of various kinds. Depending upon the client’s map, this can be achieved through Ericksonian hypnosis, Phobia cure process, N-Step Reframing, Regression and several other techniques that a Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapist is extensively trained in.
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