The idioma â€žpsychosomaticâ€œ derives from the Greek words Psyche (Mind, Soul) and Soma (Body). Modern psychosomatic science deals with the coincidences between body and soul. Its origin is found in Sigmund Freudâ€˜s understanding of inner-psychical processes.
An important part of that is the influence of suppressed or subconscious conflicts (mostly originated in our childhood) on our daily well-being or feeling sick. Such conflicts may â€“ if they are not consciously perceived and handled with â€“ be shifted to the physical sphere and cause or maintain different (partly also severe) physical complaints and illnesses.
The goal of a psychosomatic-oriented therapy is to rise the awareness of these conflicts by the means of talking about the problem areas or using other therapeutic methods. This helps to learn a more conscious dealing with them and leads to a relief of actual symptoms of the illness and thus opens the way to cure them. Gentle therapies like homeopathy and acupuncture accompany the process of awareness and healing.
Some examples of psychosomatic diseases:
- Stomach and intestinal complaints like gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcer
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion
- some aspects of Inflammatory bowel diseases (like Colitis ulcerosa, Morbus Crohn)
- Allergic diseases like hay fever, asthma
- recurrent gynecological infections
- Skin diseases (espescially Atopic dermatitis)
- marked suseptibility to infections (in children and adults)