Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) indicated better quality of life after undergoing gut-directed group Hypnotherapy for IBS in addition to medical treatment according to a recent study.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the name given to otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. IBS affects around a third of the population at some point in their lives. About one in 10 people suffer symptoms severe enough to seek help from their GP.
Symptoms of IBS can include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Bouts of diarrhoea and / or constipation
- Sudden urgency to use the toilet
The problem with diagnosing is the structure of the gut will appear normal, even when looked at under a microscope. Treatment will therefore focus on managing the symptoms rather than resolving whatever is causing it.
In a report by the BBC research evidence which shows that Hypnotherapy for IBS could help sufferers of IBS was first published in the 1980s. Dr Valori, thinks it has been ignored because many find it hard to believe, or to comprehend how it could work.
"It is pretty clear to me that it has an amazing effect," he said. Valori began referring IBS patients for hypnotherapy in the early 1990s and has found it to be highly effective. He audited the first 100 cases he referred. Finding that the symptoms stopped completely in four in ten cases. In a further five in 10 cases patients felt more in control and less troubled by their symptoms.
"It seems to work particularly well on younger females, who have had IBS for a relatively short time." He believes if Hypnotherapy for IBS were used more widely it could save the NHS money and improve patient care.
Hypnotherapy for IBS has been found to be of immense help to people who are suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. NHS guidelines now allow doctors to refer IBS patients for hypnotherapy if medication is unsuccessful and the problem persists.
How does Hypntherapy for IBS Work?
Hypnotherapy helps by enabling you to learn to met the challenges in a more positive way. You begin to take control of yourself, your thoughts, feelings and actions. By learning self hypnosis, how to breathe deeply into your tummy and how to relax when in pain. Visualisation is also used using the power of your mind to look into the future, imagining how you would like your life to be like without it.
Hypnotherapy for IBS in the News
Many people find their condition improved even after the first session of hypnotherapy so if you know anyone suffering who may like to try Hypnotherapy for IBS please pass on this information or contact me today.