Gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS and intolerance
The debilitating condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people around the world, and the medical profession is still unable to define a specific cause. Around 50% of sufferers report that their symptoms started close to a stressful period in their lives, such as a divorce, moving home, suddenly losing a job, or bereavement. Many people also believe that their IBS is caused by an allergy to specific foods, as eating a meal often triggers the symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common digestive disorders affecting the digestive tract, and the intestines in particular. It is a debilitating illness and affects people in very different ways.
There are many symptoms and typically they include abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and vomiting. Along with those, IBS can also cause a great deal of discomfort and distress, leaving some people unable to work, unable to attend social and family events or gatherings, it can even affect the distances a person is willing to travel. Making journey times and travel plans a nightmare.
Of course, if you suffer from IBS you know this already, and you know first-hand how intense it can be, and how it can cause significant disruption to your normal daily life.
With IBS, the natural squeezing motions of the intestines move too fast or too slowly, which causes the symptoms. These symptoms can become worse when stress is a factor in their life. Some practitioners see IBS as a symptom of other events such as stress which triggers off the cramps and spasms in the bowel.
How does hypnotherapy help with IBS, Chrohn's, colitis and other digestive disorders? What you may be unaware of is that hypnotherapy is regarded as one of the key therapies for improving the quality of life of sufferers. There are over 170 clinical studies on hypnosis and IBS (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hypnotherapy+irritable+bowel) and a typical conclusion says that:
"Hypnosis puts the mind/body in a relaxed state which eases stress and anxiety, two big contributors to gastrointestinal problems. Studies find Hypnotherapy not only eases the symptoms of IBS but can clear up symptoms completely in some patients."
Hypnotherapy helps by:
Uncovering the root cause of the underlying stress and triggers
Addressing the triggers that cause the problem
Changing current stress levels; you'll notice that you're simply in a more relaxed state, which is an important factor in IBS. This more relaxed state allows your body to heal itself and return to healthy bowel movements.
The result of this is that you start to sleep better, causing you to feel more refreshed and full of life; any aches and pains will disappear, and you will be able to recognise your body is healing itself.
The gut-directed hypnotherapy protocol from the Innervisions School of Clinical Hypnosis uses sound methods that achieve relief.
It requires three hypnosis sessions and then a follow up.