The condition currently affects around six million people in the UK with symptoms such as severe stomach pains, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Though there are lifestyle and diet recommendations as well as standard medication for IBS, there is currently no cure for the disease and often the strain of living in constant discomfort can often result in depression and fatigue.
However, recently professionals have begun to notice the medical merits of hypnotherapy for sufferers, with many hospitals offering or referring patients for treatment.
Research shows that nine out of ten sufferers saw a significant improvement in symptoms thanks to hypnotherapy and four out of ten reported a complete clear up of the condition.
Helen Bremner is an NHS hypnotherapist and says that she has seen hypnotherapy successfully help many people deal with past anxieties and completely eradicate their symptoms with the treatment.
“People are sceptical at first” she told The Express, “but after just a few sessions they’re socialising and doing all the things they couldn’t do before, such as walks in the country where there is no loo.”
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