Alopecia Areata is defined as a condition in which stress causes moderate to severe patches of hair loss on the scalp. Another form of Alopecia, known as Alopecia Universallis, is when complete hair loss affects the sufferer rendering them completely bald . A study was performed to test the effects ofhypnosis therapy on those suffering from Alopecia.
Subjects for this study included 28 people with severe Alopecia Areata for whom traditional treatment was ineffective. Twelve of the 21 participants showed significant improvement. This included 4 participants who had complete hair loss. Along with hypnosis therapy for hair re-growth, the participants were given therapy to help reduce stress. Details of exactly what procedures of hypnosis therapy were utilized were not divulged. Alopecia Areata is said to be caused by an elevated level of stress, so it makes sense that exercises to reduce stress levels would have been beneficiary as well. All subjects who showed a significant improvement also noted a change in their stress level, anxiety, and a decreased level of depression.
The end result of this study showed that hypnotherapy is beneficial for those suffering from hair loss, and can even improve the patients` conditions both physically and mentally.
Many people can identify that an increased level of stress can cause a higher chance of experiencing hair loss. For those suffering from Alopecia Areata, not only is the cause due to stress, but so are the side effects. Other than a physical discomfort, Alopecia Areata doesn`t affect any other parts of a person`s health, but the physical discomfort in a society obsessed with beauty is enough to cause even more severe distress. It`s a vicious circle that, for some, may never truly be healed with traditional medicine. This is where hypnotherapy comes in. Hypnotherapy is a holistic form of medicine that has been proven to show great improvements to a person`s health both from the inside and out.
Willemsen, R., & Vanderlinden, J. (2008, July). Hypnotic approaches for alopecia areata. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 56(3), 318-333. Retrieved January 22, 2009, doi:10.1080/00207140802041942
P.S. This study illustrates the power of hypnosis on the physical body.
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