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Hypnosis, Hypnoanalysis, and Mindfulness Meditation in Dermatology 

Hypnosis, Hypnoanalysis, and Mindfulness Meditation in Dermatology
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Hypnosis, Hypnoanalysis, and Mindfulness Meditation in Dermatology
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Philip Shenefelt

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10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0010
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date: 02 December 2020

This chapter reviews two practices which utilize the natural trance statewhen the conscious mind is quieted: the western-based practice of hypnosis and the eastern-based practice of meditation. Hypnosis for relaxation for dermatologic procedures has strong randomized control trial supporting evidence for efficacy, as does hypnosis for treating warts. Hypnosis for atopic dermatitis has good nonrandomized control trial evidence for efficacy. For most other dermatologic conditions, randomized control trials have yet to be performed. Similarly, psychosomatic hypnoanalysis has only case series and case reports to support its use in dermatology. Mindfulness meditation has strong supporting evidence as an adjunct in treating psoriasis. For most other dermatologic conditions, randomized control trials have yet to be performed.

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