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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) AND HYPNOTHERAPY

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects as many as 10% of the population at one time or another. Independent research has shown that Hypnotherapy is very successful in treating IBS. In my practice it has certainly helped a lot of people!

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  Dec 19, 2015   jhudson


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

This is a condition that is estimated to afflict up to 10% of the population of the UK! It used to have other names such as spastic colon, but they were all seen to be part of one syndrome hence the term IBS.

Some years ago now Manchester University Hospital carried out a five year study on treatments of IBS using psychotherapy, placebo and hypnotherapy. Three years into the study they published an article stating that Hypnotherapy was 100% successful! This was met with mucb skepticism, not least from me!.

After the five year study came to an end, they revised their figure to Hypnotherapy being 81% successful.

These results were published in The Lancet. “ In the hypnotherapy group no relapses were recorded during the 3-month follow-up period, and no substitution symptoms were observed.”(1984)

“This study demonstrates that the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years. Thus it is a viable therapeutic option for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.”(2003)

The study focused upon visualization under hypnosis.

Over the years I have seen many people suffering from symptoms that are associated with IBS – diarrhea, constipation, bloatedness, pain and cramps. This can make people unwilling to socialize, eat out with friends, visit the cinema, theatre or be anywhere too far from a toilet.

In each case I have used a number of therapeutic interventions under hypnosis, including suggestion, visualisation and analysis.

This has proved a very successful treatment and in each case that I can recall there was either a marked improvement in the symptoms, or a loss of symptoms altogether. It is true that it can take time for the gut to become comfortable again if the symptoms have been severe and prolonged, but the feedback has been that things continue to improve even after therapy has come to an end,

The current client reports that she is now able to go out and socialize, eat out, and feel comfortable and free of anxiety whilst doing so. She has reduced symptoms from every day to once a week at this stage (session three of therapy). Her quality of life has improved and will continue to do so as experience boosts her confidence.