Gastrointestinal Disorders

“Clinical hypnotherapy……..a treatment of choice for IBS.” 

Gastrointestinal disorders generally respond well to clinical hypnotherapy.  Stress and tension is often at the root of many stomach and gut disorders, and clinical hypnotherapy is an effective counter-measure; enabling a person to reach a state of deep relaxation, to diminish or eliminate tension and reframe their stress reactions. Hypnotherapy can also be useful to help a sufferer change their diet, to avert reactions to certain foods.

One of the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorders, along with Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is diagnosed when a person has abdominal pain or discomfort at least three times a month for 3 months, without other disease or injury that can explain the pain.

Scientific studies have shown that there is an average response rate of 80% when treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome with hypnotherapy.

In a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers reported improved symptoms after a dozen sessions of clinical hypnotherapy, and 81% of those people  continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnotherapy ended.

In a 2012 study, 85 percent of IBS patients, who reported improvement after hypnosis,  still felt better up to seven years later.

The University of North Carolina is using hypnosis to transform the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by helping patients to use their subconscious mind to quiet an unruly gut. “Hypnosis might be the most effective tool for relaxation and soothing symptoms of IBS,” said Olafur Palsson, the university’s Professor of Medicine.

Professor Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist who heads the only NHS-funded hypnotherapy centre in Britain, which has been pioneering clinical hypnotherapy  as a treatment for IBS, agrees that it is extremely effective. “One of the problems is the name,” he says. “If we started off again with a name like neuromodulation, for example, it would be more readily accepted. The name hypnotism has so much baggage attached. Cognitive behavioral therapy is now reasonably well accepted, and so, too, is psychotherapy, but of the three, I would say hypnosis is potentially the most powerful. It is becoming a treatment of choice for IBS.”

Clinical hypnotherapy can reduce or eliminate diarrhea, abdominal pain and chronic constipation; lessen the need for medication, and decrease the anxiety and stress caused by gastrointestinal disorders.

If you would like to learn more about how clinical hypnotherapy can turn your gastrointestinal symptoms around please contact me.

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