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Not commonly used, but effective. I would most certainly use hypnotherapy even if only to lessen one's anti-histamine intake. You don't want to be taking those often.


[The following excerpt is from the Laidlaw study on my 'skin disorders' page but it demonstrates hypnotherapy's effect on reducing histamine sensitivity].

"This study has shown highly significant results in reducing skin sensitivity to histamine using a cognitive-hypnotic technique, which indicates some promise for extending this work into the clinical area". (Laidlaw)


Madrid, Antonio; Rostel, George; Pennington, Dale; Murphy, David. 
(Oct 1995). Subjective Assessment of Allergy Relief Following 
Group Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis: A Preliminary Study. 
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol 38(2), 80-86. 

50 10–63yr old patients volunteered for a study on the perceived effect of group 
hypnosis and self-hypnosis on symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Subjects were 
told to practice hypnosis on their own as often as possible. A questionnaire was 
mailed 2 months after. Of the 37 who responded, 34 (23 allergics and 11 asthmatics) 
were considered for analysis. 76% said they felt an improvement. Hypnotic 
suggestions reportedly were more effective in the relief of allergy than of asthma 
symptoms. Allergy patients also reported decreased use of medications by a factor 
of more than 5 to 1 over asthmatics. Meanwhile, the positive effect of practice was 
dramatic, but “feeling hypnotized” was not found to be significant.

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