Alternative Therapies, Including Yoga, for Compulsive Skin Picking

We were SO HAPPY to come across this new review paper on alternative therapies, including yoga, for compulsive skin picking on Pubmed this morning :)

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Feb 10, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28183072

We were SO HAPPY to come across this new review paper on alternative therapies, including yoga, for compulsive skin picking on Pubmed this morning :)

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (often abbreviated to BFRBs) include struggles such a s compulsive skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania). The focus of this new study is dermatillomania, which is a condition marked by picking one's own skin. BFRB's can affect people of any age, although they most typically start in late childhood to early teens. Dermatillomania, sometimes referred to as excoriation, is now classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as in the spectrum of compulsive disorders.

In this new paper, the current literature on the alternative therapies is reviewed to provide a brief update on their benefits for the treatment of excoriation disorder for use in conjunction with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Results for yoga were as follows: yoga may influence the structure and functioning of the areas of emotional processing involved in the pathophysiology of excoriation and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, such as trichotillomania. Although still limited, the current research team's use of yoga as a treatment has given useful results.

This review indicates that yoga, aerobic exercise, acupuncture, biofeedback and hypnosis all show promise in the treatment of excoriation and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, such as trichotillomania. In the current research team's experience, mainly yoga and aerobic exercise have been shown useful in combination with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Great stuff we say!

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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