Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) precise causes are not known but doctors suggest it could be brought on by a variety of things such as food, exercise, hormones and stress. In a recent study for the British Medical Association, around 71% of patients said that hypnotherapy successfully improved their condition. Hypnotherapy treatment carried out whilst in hypnosis could help your IBS symptoms.
What is IBS?
There are three kinds:
- when a person is unable to predict when they need to go to the toilet
- when a person is constantly constipated and unable to pass motions
- when a person has a combination of the two, constantly changing and totally unpredictable
It is estimated that 20% of the population suffer from IBS, but nobody really knows because most suffer in silence as they are too embarrassed to come forward for help. Relationships can break down because people become preoccupied with their condition and unable to join in with family and are hopeless about their situation that they believe there can be no cure.
What causes IBS?
No one knows exactly what causes IBS. Some researchers think IBS is caused by changes in the nerves that control sensation or muscle contractions in the bowel. Others believe the central nervous system may affect the colon. And because women are two to three times more likely than men to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes also play a role. For many women, symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods. IBS triggers can range from certain foods, medications or emotions. e.g. Chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhoea and the least bit of stress might send your colon into spasms.
How can Hypnotherapy help IBS?
IBS generally comprises of both dietary and psychological factors so the most effective solution should comprise both approaches. Initially, you should first of all visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Ask yourself if the discomfort seems to follow any pattern and, if your doctor agrees, experiment with cutting certain foods like citrus, dairy, yeast, wheat, or other grains out of your diet.
Evidence is overwhelming that IBS symptoms do respond to hypnosis.