The effects of the emotions on various organ systems have been covered extensively in the medical literature, but comparatively little has been written on the psychosomatic aspect of the nose, ear, and throat diseases. Wolff and co-workers1 have observed that a life situation engendering conflict and anxiety is followed by nasal hyperfunction exaggerating the symptoms of rhinitis. Weiss and English2 point out that emotional factors can be an underlying basis in patients who continuously "catch cold." Emotional imbalance has been suggested as a causative factor in vasomotor rhinitis3 as well as in Ménière's disease.4
In addition to the effect of the emotions, many of these complaints can frequently be attributed to autonomic imbalance. Fowler5 expresses the view that the allergic type of cold is due to parasympathetic overactivity while the infectious type may be due to overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Rothlin and Bircher
MEYERSBURG H. Use of Autonomic Stabilizer in Functional Disorders of Nose, Throat, and Ears. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(6):638–640. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020656005
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