Treatment Of Psoriasis With Hypnosis Essay

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Treatment of psoriasis with hypnosis. Introduction. I have researched the skin disease psoriasis and the benefits that can be obtained for clients with this condition by the use of hypnotherapy alongside conventional treatments. What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic immune mediated disease. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of the skin cells. The top layer of the skin is much thicker in psoriasis. The normal growth cycle of skin cells has been accelerated to 3 to 4 days, compared to the 28 – 30 days in normal skin. Skin cells accumulate at the surface. The white, flaky build up that sheds from the skin is actually dead skin cells. The epidermis (outer skin layer) is about twice as thick as normal in psoriasis. The bottom level of the epidermis where cells multiply is particularly active (cells are proliferating 28 times faster than normal skin). The blood vessels of the skin expand in psoriasis. There is also increased blood flow in psoriatic skin, necessary to bring nutrients to the rapidly growing skin cells. This combination leads to the redness of the psoriatic lesions. The dermis is where the inflammation originates. Immune system cells are drawn into the dermis as part of the immune response that takes place in psoriasis and these cells send inflammatory signals to the skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttae, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, is commonly seen as red and white hues of scaly patches appearing on the top first layer of the epidermis. In plaque psoriasis, skin rapidly accumulates at these sites, which give it a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area, including the scalp, palms of hand and soles of feet and
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