Medical research suggests that IBS can be exacerbated by anxiety or stress, and that the subsequent worry about the IBS can perpetuate the effects. Hypnotherapy can get to the root of the problem, giving you the tools to manage any stress that may be making the IBS worse, and by using positive suggestion increases your confidence in your well-being to reduce sensitivity in your gut.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects one person in five and is the world’s most common functional gastrointestinal disorder. Symptoms include abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, diarrhoea or constipation and it is highly recommended that you seek advice from your GP if you feel you may be suffering from IBS.

It has now been shown that in some cases emotional triggers, which affect the function of the central nervous system (or brain) by virtue of the connections of the brain gut relay, can affect the intestines. This in turn can bring about a nervous reaction in the gut. These emotional triggers could be stress or anxiety, or physical or verbal abuse for instance

Evidence

Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, discovered a way to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) using hypnotherapy. Most recently, 250 patients who have suffered from IBS for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions, during which they were given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms.

During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learned how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seemed to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity. The treatment had a success rate of about 70%.*

As with most problems I see people for it is not the symptoms but the underlying cause that needs to be treated. IBS being very debilitating for some is still a symptom of and overactive mind creating stress and chaos. Hypnotherapy helps you to cope better with day to day life and finding a balance with in your mind and body to allow your stomach to be your friend again.