Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common issue which causes pain in the abdomen as well as bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
Dr Valori, of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has said she believes greater use of hypnotherapy could ease symptoms for sufferers and could save money in the long run. However, much of the research was first published in the 1980’s causing doctors to question its current credibility.
Dr Valori started referring patients for hypnotherapy in 1990 and has found it consistently effective. After auditing his first 100 referrals he found that symptoms stopped completely for four in ten cases and five out of ten reported feeling more in control of their symptoms.
Hypnotherapy’s success in treating IBS is partly due to its ability to relax patients, meaning that not only does it help tor relieve direct symptoms but it also helps sufferers to face difficult situations and cope with stress in their lives.
NHS guidelines state that doctors are allowed to refer IBS patients for hypnotherapy in the event that traditional psychological therapies and medication are unsuccessful and the problem persists.
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