Linda and I met at a party. She said that she had an allergy to cats. And, she knew when and how her allergy started.
Linda had always loved cats. When she saw her beloved Mr. Meow killed by two German shepherds, she told herself, “I’ll never get close to a cat again!” Linda was allergic to cats after that. She was the victim of “allergy hypnosis”.
The altered state of consciousness created by Linda’s trauma caused her unconscious mind to be susceptible to suggestions, just as if she were hypnotized. When she told to herself that she never get close to a cat again, her subconscious responded by making her allergic to cats. Linda had inadvertently given herself a suggestion for allergy hypnosis.
Linda’s story sparked my curiosity, so I offered to help her eliminate her allergy. Since Linda knew what had caused the allergy, it was easy for me to help her. I used a conversational hypnotic technique from neurolinguistic programming (NLP) that was developed to eliminate phobias. In Linda’s case the technique helped her neutralize the emotions caused when she witnessed her cat being killed by the dogs.
After after I guided Linda through the technique she was able to hold a cat close to her face allergy free for the first time in eight years.
Of course not all allergies are caused by emotional trauma. Some of them are caused by the immune system mistaking a harmless substance, like pollen, as a poison. Hypnosis can be used to eliminate those types of allergies as well. But, that’s a story for another blog post.