Hypnosis treats IBS symptoms effectively

Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his patients treated with hypnosis, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10. Symptoms stopped completely in four in ten cases with typical IBS. He says in a further five in 10 cases patients reported feeling more in control of their symptoms and were therefore much less troubled by them.

"It is pretty clear to me that it has an amazing effect," he said.

The world-wide leaders in 'gut-directed hypnotherapy' are based in South Manchester University Hospital. Professor Peter Whorwell has been researching the use of gut-directed hypnosis for over 20 years. The treatment has a success rate of about 70% - very high indeed. As a result, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends hypnosis. Hypnosis is more expensive than medication, so NICE recommend it for "refractory" IBS - where symptoms have not responded to medication. Professor Whorwell's successful techniques are the ones that I use. My clients are delighted with the results. Clients who have suffered for years, decades even, find these techniques get their insides working comfortably again. You can imagine the relief, since IBS can interfere with your job and your family life, as well as the private suffering.

“IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body,” Professor Whorwell explains. “During hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.” “We’ve found it to help all the symptoms, whereas some of the drugs available reduce only a few,” he says. “As IBS can be a life-long condition it could clearly be a very valuable option for patients; however it is not suitable for everyone and women tend to respond better than men.”

Symptoms vary, as everyone is different. IBS can involve diarhhea and/or constipation. Bloating is common too. Many of my clients have struggled to find ways they can help themselves, such as not eating during the day when the risk of diarrhea could cause problems. Some even avoid all social activities. Many restrict the foods they to avoid triggering the unpleasant and painful symptoms of IBS. Sometimes they work, but often they don't.

If you are suffering from IBS, then hypnotherapy is well worth trying. You could be back to a normal digestion function after just a few sessions. Just imagine how great that will be.

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