Although ointments, photo therapy and prescription drugs can all be prescribed as treatment hypnotherapy is now becoming an excepted and effective form of treatment.
In 1999 Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tested the effectiveness of hypnosis on patients with psoriasis. The study involved 11 patients with the skin condition, 5 of whom received hypnosis with positive suggestions focusing on the improvement of their psoriasis. The remaining 6 patients received neutral hypnosis without suggestions specifically aimed at treating their psoriasis. Both groups received hypnosis for three months.
Over the course of the next three months all of the patients received active suggestions which targeted their skin problem.
The researchers concluded that the participants more susceptible to hypnosis reported a greater improvement than those who were only moderately hypnotisable, resulting in the verdict that hypnosis should be considered as a form of treatment for those who are highly suggestible and suffer from psoriasis.