Hypnotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a “syndrome,”  meaning a group of symptoms.

The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. IBS affects the colon, or large
bowel, which is the part of the digestive tract that  stores stool. IBS is not a disease. It’s a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn’t work, or function, correctly.

IBS effects around 5 – 11% of the population and is more common among females.

It’s also becoming increasingly common in children.

Several university studies have shown hypnotherapy to be highly effective, both in the treatment of IBS and in the management of its often painful and distressing symptoms.

Click here to read an article about extensive work done by the university of Manchester (UK) on the use of hypnotherapy.

It’s important to note, however, that Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the University’s Medical School and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, has developed a training programme for hypnotherapists to treat IBS.

If you are considering hypnotherapy to address this quite common but extremely unpleasant disorder, you should make sure that your therapist has completed the training programe and has been certified to work with IBS patients.

You can find a useful booklet produced by the US National Institute of Health here

Click here to go to the Conditions Page for IBS

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