Self-Hypnosis May Help Hay Fever Sufferers

Anyone who suffers from hay fever knows how irritating and, in some cases, disabling, the condition can prove. The New Scientist reports that self-hypnosis may be able to provide some relief.

I have to admit my motives for reporting this story are not entirely pure, the abstract does contain a phrase with natural comedy value. Apparently, in assessing the effectiveness of the treatment, something called a ‘nasal provocation test’ was carried out.

“Excuse me, is that your nose, or did a bus park on your face?”
“Ooh, I wish I were you, to be able to smell your own ear.”
“Say, does that thing there influence the tides?”

[Taken from here]
New Scientist

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