Hypnosis for IBS
Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in a number of clinical studies. Hypnotherapy for IBS involves progressive relaxation, and then suggestions of soothing imagery and sensations focused on the individual’s symptoms. Improvements in overall well-being, quality of life, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating have been noted.
Contrary to many portrayals in fiction, a clinical hypnotherapist has no power over the hypnotized person. The person is typically aware of what happens both during and after the hypnosis session. The treatment is generally comfortable and also can be effective when people are treated in groups.
Research has found that hypnotherapy may help improve the primary symptoms of IBS. It may also help relieve other symptoms suffered by many people with IBS such as nausea, fatigue, backache, and urinary problems. Hypnotherapy appears to offer symptomatic, psychological, and physiological benefit.
However, hypnosis should not be regarded as a cure-all. Up to 25% of patients fail to respond. Even when people do improve, conventional approaches to treatment should not always be ignored. It is still important that lifestyle factors such as diet are also taken into account. In addition, some people may find that an occasional loperamide or laxative, depending on the bowel habit abnormality, may be required.
Source : About IBS.org
I wouldn’t normally quote an article in such depth on my site, however I thought that the above was extremely informative. Hypnosis with a competent professional can be extremely helpful for the symptoms of IBS, and the underlying causes, and I have successfully worked with many people over the years.
Hypnosis for IBS is not a one-session approach, and generally I would recommend between 3-6 session, however we will gauge how your particular symptoms respond as we go along, and will be able to work out how many more sessions you need … or not.
If you want to fund out more about hypnotherapy then please have a look at this short Q&A download