If you suffer with IBS, you might have already tried every old wives tale to try to alleviate the symptoms. Or possibly bought every off-the-shelf remedy. Or exhausted you’re family doctor’s list of prescribed medications. And perhaps still be suffering.
Like many other people with this debilitating condition, you may thinking that there is no hope, and you’re best option is to just grit your teeth, and put up with it.
Using hypnotherapy to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome has been common knowledge in the medical profession for many years.
The Lancet is the world’s leading general medical journal. In December 1984, The Lancet printed this article:
Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome
30 patients with severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome were randomly allocated to treatment with either hypnotherapy or psychotherapy and placebo. The psychotherapy patients showed a small but significant improvement in abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and general well-being but not in bowel habit. The hypnotherapy patients showed a dramatic improvement in all features, the difference between the two groups being highly significant. In the hypnotherapy group no relapses were recorded during the 3-month follow-up period, and no substitution symptoms were observed.
Without repeating the whole of the scientific, and very detailed article, it reported that the experiment showed that hypnotherapy worked.
Peter Whorwell, of the University of Manchester in the UK, has shown that under hypnosis, some IBS patients can reduce the contractions of their bowel, something not normally under conscious control (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 64, p 621). Their bowel lining also becomes less sensitive to pain.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance to the NHS that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) See the link below for a whole list of possible methods ( including hypnotherapy) for managing IBS