Monthly Archives: May 2008

Psychosomatic Illnesses

It is amazing how many come to me for healing for psychosomatic problems. However, the problem in attempting to “heal” for this is more difficult because there is, in most of these cases, no actual physical problem causing the symptom!

When I suggest to a client that the cause is a psychological problem rather than a physical, it is clear that most people do not understand the meaning of this and automatically assume that I am implying they have a mental affliction and can get quite defensive *note to myself to explain to those in full in future*.

Of course, this is not the case. Psychological symptoms manifest into REAL PHYSICAL symptoms but usually there is absolutely no underlying problem. In these cases I will always suggest hypnotherapy or even acupuncture. I have experienced both these alternative healing methods myself and both are very safe and very relaxing and the best thing is they really do work (please make sure you go to a qualified practitioner though!)

Excerpt from the book Your Body Speaks Your Mind (available at Amazon)
“From headaches and rashes to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the symptoms and illnesses that manifest in your body are intricately linked to your mind and emotions. The truth is that you are little more than a chemistry set. All your thoughts and feelings get translated into chemicals that fire off throughout your body, altering the chemical composition and behaviour of your cells.”

So … yes it is being controlled in your subconscious, no you are not crazy, yes you experience real physical pain, illness or reactions but no there is usually no underlying cause apart from your subconscious causing the symptoms in the first place.

Apart from emotional triggers such as stress and anxiety, which can lead to chest pains, psoriasis, eczema, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and even heart disease; psychosomatic symptoms can also appear after someone has had something “done”. For example, a piercing or maybe even a beauty treatment. These can also be major causes of experiencing real symptoms of an painful affliction, however the CAUSE of affliction itself is not actually physical.

When you undergo any type of adjustment to your body, your conscious mind usually accepts it but sometimes your subconscious doesn’t and this creates a blockage, which is deep rooted in your subconscious and needs to be addressed and worked on.

I touched on an example above with stomach ulcers, eczema or chest pains – these are usually caused by stress, which is an emotional upset. As soon as the stress is alleviated the symptoms usually disappear!

If you are open minded enough to seek holistic healing then open yourself up even more to other alternative therapies, which could help you further. Look into qualified hypnotherapists or acupuncturists in your local area. You have nothing to lose – just your affliction :)

Amazon Books of Interest:

Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Message

Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Understand the Link Between Your Emotions and Your Illness