One of the most fundamental alternative psoriasis treatments I used was to change my state of mind.
When my skin went crazy last year, I was filled with a sense of hopelessness and despair. I knew that my mom's skin had become inflamed and caused her over 10 years of misery, and some of the best doctor's in the country had been able to do nothing lasting for her. I have always been told how much alike my mom and I were, and I *knew* I was likely to endure the same fate. After all, if over 20 doctors at Mayo Clinic couldn't solve the problem, what chance did I have? This mindset contributed to my misery, as I saw no future but one filled with suffering.
There's an old saying often attributed to Henry Ford, “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
When I believed it was impossible for me to heal, I created a feedback loop in my body, cranking up my level of problematic neurotransmitters and hormones – inhibiting the healing process. (It's also been shown that unhealthy gut bacteria further contribute to this feedback loop, which makes the dietary changes I outline in “My Anti-Candida, Anti-Psoriasis Diet – 9 Steps Towards Healing” even more important.)
There were two primary techniques that I used to address my mental health and get me on a path to healing – EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and BodyTalk.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as an Alternative Psoriasis Treatment
I was introduced to EFT (also known as “tapping”) last year by a friend of mine who said they used it for stress relief and to help them stay focused. I ordered a copy of “The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain” in July 2015 and used it to eliminate my nagging lower back pain.
There are a series of exercises in the book that help you work through emotional and physical baggage that's accumulated over the years, let go of what's not serving you well, and rewire your brain for healing.
How Does EFT tapping work?
Tapping uses gentle “taps” on a series of meridian points around the body (the same ones used for acupuncture, reflexology, etc) to rewire your body's energy system. I know this may sound a little strange to many of you, but tens of thousands of people have used it with good results – myself included. At the very least, it should do no harm.
The concept isn't quite as odd as one might think initially, since quantum physics has shown that when you take things down to a subatomic levels, we (and all matter) is made up of high energy particles.
I found that I had a number of “old wounds” that weren't really healed – anger towards my stepdad and other's who have been rotten to me, guilt that I didn't do more, survivor's guilt – most of us manage to cram a lot of skeletons in the closet.
To go through a tapping sequence, you first start by choosing a problem to focus on and select a setup statement.
A setup statement is something such as, “Even though I have (this problem), I love myself wholly and completely.” You then tap the “karate chop point” – the fleshly area on the side of the hand, and repeat this statement three times.
- Start of the eyebrow, near the bridge of your nose
- Side of the eye, near your temple
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- The crease between the chin and lip
- The collarbone
- Underneath the arm
- Top of the head
As you tap each point, you say additional brief supporting statements, wrapping up at the top of the head. Jessica Ortner demonstrates below:
In my case, when addressing my psoriasis, I might start with a statement like, “In spite of the inflammation of my skin, I love myself wholly and completely”, and continue on with:
- the inflammation is leaving my face
- the inflammation is leaving my elbows
- the inflammation is leaving my torso
- my body is healing
- the candida is dying back
- my gut is healing
- the healthy bacteria are thriving
- my body is healing and I love myself completely
It sounds awkward, but I can tell the difference since I started using the technique. It's also simple and quick and you can do it almost any time and anywhere.
BodyTalk as an Alternative Psoriasis Treatment
For this one you need a trained BodyTalk practitioner. (You can find a BodyTalk practitioner here.) I've been blessed to have a dear friend who is also trained in a variety of healing modalities, including BodyTalk, MaryJean Bretton. (For the local folks, you can find Miss MaryJean at Feeling Much Better.)
BodyTalk takes a whole person approach to healing, looking at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. With MaryJean, no two sessions have been the same, because she sometimes uses the BodyTalk as a diagnostic tool and then uses other healing methods, and sometimes uses BodyTalk for the whole session. I have been to another practitioner, and their approach was also slightly different.
A brief medical history is taken, identifying particular symptoms, pains or chronic health issues. Fully clothed you will be asked to rest face up, on a massage table. You will be kept informed of the formulas being used. Most people feel relaxed as they are asked to breathe deeply while the BodyTalk practitioner gently taps on the head and sternum (heart complex). The duration of a session is not indicative of the quality of the session or the results that occur. Because your innate wisdom is dictating the session, you can be assured of receiving exactly what is needed at that particular time for the enhanced communication and balancing to take place. A BodyTalk session itself usually lasts between 15-45 minutes. Your innate wisdom will dictate when the session is complete and establish a time when you need to return for a follow-up session.
This a complementary healing treatment, working to enable the body to help heal itself. It is used in combination with other treatments for acute conditions.
You can view a BodyTalk demonstration below:
In my case, over these past few months we've worked on connections between the body systems, as well as emotional and spiritual problems. Although it was difficult to work through my problems at times, I feel like a burden has been lifted from me.
Have you used EFT or BodyTalk in your life? I'd love to hear about your experience.
- The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain
- The BodyTalk System: The Science and Philosophy of BodyTalk
- The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living
Other posts in the series:
- My Anti-Candida, Anti-Psoriasis Diet – 9 Steps Towards Healing
- Candida – Missing Link to Psoriasis and Other Chronic Illness
- Psoriasis Causes – Mainstream and Alternative Viewpoints
- Toxic Skin – My Mother’s Nightmare
- Psoriasis – The Year My Face Exploded