An mention of using hypnotherapy for Hives
Ask Dr. Weil: Hives
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Make relaxation your focus to help ease the itching.
Q: I suffer from chronic hives. Is there anything I can do to prevent them and ease the itch?
It's hard to prevent them if you're prone, but there's a lot you can do to ease the irritation they cause. Hives are itchy pink, red, or white patches that often develop as an allergic reaction to common triggers, such as insect bites and food, and disappear on their own within a few weeks. However, for some people, they become a long-term problem with no identifiable cause. To relieve symptoms and stop them from getting worse, I recommend the following steps.
Make relaxation a priority: Research shows a potential link between chronic hives and stress, anxiety, and depression. Find a calming practice, like yoga. Or soak in a tub of warm water and cornstarch or colloidal oatmeal , a special nonedible product that will soothe the itch while you unwind.
Try visualization: I suggest scheduling a few sessions with a hypnotherapist or practitioner of guided imagery to help you harness the mind's power to promote healing (visit academy forguidedimagery. com and asch.net/referrals. asp for referrals).
A report in the Archives of Dermatology showed that both treatment methods can help reduce the number of hives you develop and relieve itching. If neither helps, contact your doctor Occasionally, autoimmune disorders , such as lupus, can trigger chronic hives.
Andrew Weil, M.D., is director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and is a pioneer in the use of natural healing therapies. He received his medical training at Harvard University.
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