Treating IBS with Hypnosis

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) the chances are that you’re not completely satisfied with the standard medical treatment offered by your GP or Gastro-enterologist.

The precise cause of IBS remains unknown, however it’s thought to be due to an increased sensitivity of the entire gut. IBS can be painful, not to mention stressful and depressing, significantly affecting quality of life; but there is hope! There is significant evidence demonstrating that the power of the mind, when directed appropriately, can significantly improve symptoms of IBS as well as having a positive impact on psychological well-being and overall quality of life. Studies show that hypnosis is effective in treating all symptoms of IBS and, what’s more, that benefit is sustained over time.

Studies show that hypnosis can have the following effects on gastrointestinal function:

    • Increase or decrease acid secretion
    • Reduce or eliminate nausea / vomiting
    • Reduce the relapse rate of duodenal ulcers
    • Reduce discomfort and bloating
    • Slow down peristalsis

Hypnosis is also extremely effective at reducing stress levels; and while stress is not necessarily a cause of IBS, it is known to exacerbate it.

For the most beneficial outcome in treating IBS with hypnosis, seven sessions of hypnosis are recommended for you, approximately two weeks apart. Hypnosis sessions involve combining hypnosis with deep relaxation, positive suggestions and various imagery techniques. You’ll be taught self hypnosis skills to practice regularly at home between sessions for the most beneficial results. By the end of seven sessions most clients will experience a significant improvement in symptoms and you’ll have learned skills for life to draw on whenever needed.

The associated symptoms of stress, anxiety and so on are fully understood and worked with in sessions. Please be assured that consultation and therapy is undertaken with the utmost sensitivity and respect. If you’re interested in learning hypnosis techniques to manage or even overcome IBS, or if you have any further queries, please contact me on http://07809 447720 or email me.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the research evidence for IBS, I’d be happy to share further information with you; in the meantime check out this link to the BBC news website about some fascinating (and highly encouraging) research into treating IBS with hypnotherapy.

I’m a hypnotherapist providing a friendly, professional service in Devon working from Buckfastleigh. You’ll find lots more self-help information elsewhere in my posts, so please have a look around.

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