The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, found that specialist hypnotherapy treatment alleviated IBS symptoms and remained effective in the long-term.
138 participants were treated over a period of 12 weeks and 40% reported a significant improvement that lasted for up to a year after the hypnotherapy.
Study author Magnus Simren said: “The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS.”
IBS is thought to affect one third of the UK population at some point in their lives and consists of a collection of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms include:
- abdominal pains and spasms
- constipation, diarrhoea and erratic bowel movements
- excessive wind
- bloating of the abdomen
- not being able to fully empty bowels.
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