Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition responsible for causing stomach cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea and is currently one of the most common digestive disorders in existence today.
According to estimates between 10 and 20 per cent of individuals experience IBS at some point during their lives, so any cost effective viable solutions would be welcomed by both sufferers and the medical community alike.
Many experts have long since championed hypnotherapy as a treatment option for the condition, but a lack of concrete evidence left many feeling skeptical about this mind over matter treatment.
However, two new recent studies carried out in Sweden have revealed that a high percentage of patients showed a reduction in their IBS symptoms after undergoing hypnotherapy treatment.
The studies in question where carried out by researchers at the University of Gothenburg and involved 346 patients. The results showed that the treatment that patients underwent alleviated symptoms by 40%, with results lasting for an entire year. Furthermore, the study also led to an improvement in quality of life for those who were involved.
According to Professor Peter Whorwell from the University of Manchester School of Medicine, the new studies corroborate his own findings. Speaking to BootsWebMD the professor, who has been studying IBS for 25 years said: “These studies confirm accumulating evidence that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for patients with irritable bowel syndrome and that its effects are sustained in the long term.”
He also went onto say that the treatment could help patients on multiple levels, both physiologically and psychologically: “Hypnosis relaxes you and reduces your anxiety but we’ve done studies over the years showing that hypnotherapy has a direct effect physiologically. There are studies that show it reduces acid secretion. It reduces the hypersensitivity that IBS patients have. It reduces the contractions in the gut.” He said.
Professor Whorwell has coined the term gut-focused hypnosis for this new form of therapy. “The mantra is: you are controlling your gut, rather than your gut controlling you.” He said.
If you have been affected by IBS and you would like to find out more about how hypnotherapy may help to alleviate some of your symptoms, please visit our comprehensive fact-sheet for information. Alternatively you could contact a professional hypnotherapist to discuss this matter directly. Simply visit the homepage and use the search tool to locate a practitioner in your local area.
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