Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

(IBS), a chronic, often debilitating, functional gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms that include abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel behaviours.

There is an increasing body of evidence showing that clinical hypnosis is an effective option for managing IBS.

Evidence for the effectiveness of Hypnosis

Researchers have completed a well-designed, rigorous study of hypnosis, recently published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The researchers compared the effects of 12 sessions of GDH to the effects of 12 sessions of supportive psychotherapy, randomly assigning 45 participants to each group. The study authors found that, compared to the control participants, members of the GDH group showed significantly greater positive effects on IBS symptoms, including original symptoms of loose stools, hard stools, pain, bloating, gas, urgency, and incomplete evacuation. Further, the participants maintained these improvements when researchers followed up with them after one year, suggesting that hypnosis may have an enduring effect.

As with all healthcare, it is essential that individuals work with professionals who have the necessary qualifications and training.

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