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Psoriasis Research Project

Preliminary Trial for Research Study of IEMT Application to Psoriasis

Study Supervisors: Andrew T. Austin, Joanna Harper

The purpose of this study is to test for efficacy of Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) in the treatment of psoriasis skin lesions. The rationale for the study is that dermal psoriasis is responsive to stress states and IEMT has been demonstrated to be effective for alleviating such stress states.

For the preliminary trials all clients will be self referring and written consent will be obtained for the trial. All participating practitioners will be supervised in their practice by an approved IEMT trainer.

A total of 25 clients will be treated with IEMT for the completion of the trial.

Simple criteria for clients:

  • All clients will be of at least 18 years of age and will have a history of persistent dermal psoriasis lasting greater than 5 years.
  • All clients will have been previously assessed, diagnosed and treated by a professional orthodox medical practitioner.
  • All clients must be free from concurrent secondary skin infection, nor have experienced such in the previous 5 years.
  • Clients will not have received IEMT treatment or training previously.
  • Clients suffering from psychiatric illness or other organic mental impairment may not be used for the study.
  • At no point during the trial is the client to change their medication or treatment unless specifically approved to do so by their treating physician.

IEMT Practitioners participating in the study must hold a current IEMT Practitioner certificate and receive approval for participation from The Association for IEMT Practitioners.

Trial Procedure

Part 1. Introduction.

  1. Obtain written consent (see consent form)
  2. Establish verbal and non-verbal rapport with client. It should be noted that psoriasis can be an awful condition that leaves sufferers extremely vulnerable.
  3. Inform the client this is part of a trial of a new possibility for understanding how the brain works in relation to psoriasis as a skin condition.
  4. Tell them it has worked for some psoriasis patients previously showing them the attached photographs.
  5. Request and obtain verbal permission to continue.
  6. Obtain client history (see history form)
  7. Note expressed conditions such as headaches, anxiety, stress, etc.
  8. Make a note of known triggers.
  9. Photograph any observed physical reactions. Eg. For psoriasis. Taking a photograph at the first session will accurately and absolutely demonstrate any changes by the next /final session. All photographs must be taken with a transparent ruler in the frame and a tag with client initials and date and location of site to correctly identify the image.
  10. Explain IEMT (see written explanation)
    • Eyes are linked to brain. Visual cortex at the back of the head. Records everything.
    • Behavioural patterns/responses that were set up earlier in life are no longer appropriate and can be changed.
    • It is possible to 'delete' those patterns using IEMT.
    • Demonstrate how your pencil/pen/top of your finger will be used to lead the eyes in a specific series of movements until the client is comfortable and accepts how the IEMT process will work. Say you will use it as soon as it’s necessary. Remind them that you will ask them not to move their heads as the exercise is done. Show them how to focus on the tip of the pencil.
    • Keep the pencil/pen in your hand to use promptly as tearing/flooding occurs.

Part 2. IEMT Process.

For this process we will be primarily utilising the IEMT “Basic Pattern” algorithm on the symptoms.

  1. Ask the client to recall when the physical reaction occurred for the very first time.
  2. Ask what else was going on at the time and explore that.
  3. Be acutely aware & observant of “tearing” (emotional reaction) or “flooding” (full state accessing). It may take 90 seconds or 90 minutes. Stay with it until the emotional response is seen.
  4. As soon as flooding is observed, begin IEMT process. Repeat IEMT process until the association with the event is at about 1 or 2 on the subjective scale.
  5. Inform client that they can expect feel a little disoriented for a short period. That they have changed the “operating system” for responding to X in their brain. Tell them it takes about 4 sessions for the brain to make the changes more permanent.
  6. Be sure the client is sufficiently “together” before leaving the session.
  7. Remind client of the known triggers that set off the reaction. And to be aware of them so as not to re-imprint the unwanted response.

Additionally, in the follow-up sessions, advanced practitioners may wish to explore “The Psoriasis” as an anthropomorphised identity should this be appropriate.

Practitioners should record details of the session, noting any challenges to any occurring “Five Patterns of Chronicity”

Where possible, the sessions should be audio recorded and the recording kept strictly according to data protection requirements until the conclusion of the study.