Alternative medicineBy Mayo Clinic staff
Some complementary therapies to psychotherapy and medications that may help trichotillomania include:
- Hypnosis. Hypnosis may be a successful treatment for trichotillomania.
- Relaxation techniques. Learning relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, may help divert the urge to pull hair.
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