How Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Hypnotherapy is recognised by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Stress is thought to be one of the main triggers for IBS. Our state of mind directly impacts our physical well-being and when we’re stressed our appetite is one of the first symptoms. When we’re relaxed, food can move more naturally through our digestive system and symptoms can subside.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome any underlying emotional and confidence problems which may be contributing to your stress and teach you how to take yourself into self-hypnosis to achieve relaxation. We can also design symptom specific visualisation techniques to help ease your discomfort.
Diet and exercise are also very important aspects of lifestyle which can affect IBS. Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help you address underlying eating/drinking habits and help with exercise motivation which means you can feel more in control and able to cope better which can reduce the number of IBS attacks you experience.
You may also be interested in this article about hypnosis by The BBC’s Dr. Michael Moseley for Trust Me I’m a Doctor.
Hypnotherapy can be helpful in reducing the pain that is associated with IBS attacks. In the following short video Dr. Michael Mosley demonstrates how Hypnotherapy can help with pain relief.
A number of clinical studies have found hypnotherapy for IBS to be an effective treatment. Suggested benefits include improved well-being and quality of life, as well as reduced constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and abdominal pain.
Professor Peter Whorwell is director at The South Manchester Functional Bowel Service at the University Hospital of South Manchester. Professor Whorwell and his team have produced a number of research papers investigating the benefits of treating IBS with Hypnotherapy.
His “gut focused hypnosis” has shown to be successful in 70% of patients which is better than most other treatments for IBS. He also found that the benefits of hypnotherapy lasted whereas the benefits of the medication stopped soon after the drugs ceased.
If you’d like more details of Dr. Whorwells research papers, you can find them here: