During the past fifteen years there has been much research into this condition and the link between the mind and body connection. For many of us, if we feel excited, angry or afraid, we will feel it in our stomach first. The digestive and excretory systems are very sensitive to changes of emotion.
Conventional medication is designed to treat the symptoms of the conditions rather than the cause so very often when medication is stopped, symptoms re-appear.
Hypnotherapy treats the cause of IBS which is very often stress related. Learning to handle stress more appropriately often means the symptoms of IBS disappear completely.
If our gut has been sensitised over time by background stress or anxiety, which we may often have ignored, the gut might even become sensitive to certain aspects of our diet and seem to react for no obvious reason. Such gut response may be experienced as pain, bloating, nausea, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea. Very often it is a combination of any of these symptoms.
HypnoHealing techniques in Hypnotherapy has been proven in studies to be one of the most effective treatments and benefits around 75% of people who manifest classic IBS symptoms. Studies have shown it has proven to help in cases where other methods have failed. You might like to read the article in the Daily Mail on-line.
In my experience I have helped many to significantly reduce and overcome their symptoms of IBS using gut-directed HypnoHealing techniques and self hypnosis.
Research at Manchester University Medical School showed a success rate of about 70% in the treatment of this uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition. “During the 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,” says the report. Click here to find out more.
Published research includes:
- Galovski and Balnchard “The treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with hypnotherapy” Applied Psychophysiology & Feedback, 1998.
- Vickers & Zollman “Hypnosis and relaxation therapies” British Medical Journal 1999.
IBS in children
Stomach ache is one of the top cited reasons for school absence, second only to the common cold.
Does tummy trouble keep your child away of school?
It could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome… whilst 1 in 3 adults may suffer from it at some time, it is estimated that 20% of children aged 4-12 endure IBS symptoms…
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Dr R A Jordan, MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, Water Meadow Surgery