A sampling of research abstracts on hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome has been complied here.
It is a delight to report that about 80% of the people who have completed the 7-session gut-directed hypnotherapy program for irritable bowel syndrome over the past year have experienced a reduction in most or all of their symptoms. They find it a relief to no longer be fixated on "mapping the Mall" for washrooms, being worried about going out for dinner or being with friends or going on trips. A reduction in cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation has been the norm. Learning self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques can be quite empowering to someone who has felt ruled by their IBS. Many have found that their diet has become much less restricted. The process also helps relieve underlying anxiety and past traumas that have contributed to the stress-related gut response. If you have been suffering from IBS and would like to explore this safe and enjoyable hypnotherapy technique, learn how to reduce your own symptoms and regain control of this area of your life, please get in touch with our office.
Occasionally IBS will persist after a gut infection such as gastroenteritis after traveling. Or be worsened by specific food intolerances. Sometimes, IBS is the main troublesome condition a person may have; other times it is one of many conditions that may wax and wane at different times in a person's life, with symptoms such as tension headaches, bruxism (clenching to the jaw leading to tempormandibular joint disorders or TMJD), migraines, fibromyalgia, reflux (heartburn), most of which are related to stress to some degree. Other times IBS can be associated with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder other mental health challenges. Changes in the balance of different bacteria in the gut (the gut microflora) may be noted, after antibiotics, with the effect of specific food irritants, or with stress hormones.
Hypnotherapy may also reduce other functional gastro-intestinal disorders such as GERD (heartburn) by helping a person relieve their stress.