The Benefits of Hypnosis in Treating Gastrointestinal Disorders

Natural News - 2 February 2009

Gastrointestinal disorders plague many people. Gastroenterologists report that over 50% of the cases they see are either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or functional dyspepsia (FD). Many studies have been done that show effective results when treating gastrointestinal disorders with hypnotherapy.

According to the Merck Manual, irritable bowel syndrome involves pain in the abdominal area and must also have 2 of the following side effects: relief by defecation and change of frequency or consistency of stool. IBS is normally treated by administering a change in diet and prescription medication. Functional dyspepsia is characterized by pain in the upper abdomen area. The causes of FD are numerous including acid reflux, ulcer, cancer, and medication.

An article appeared in a 2002 volume of Gastroenterology discussing two separate studies using hypnosis to treat IBS and FD. The first study tested 30 patients experiencing severe IBS. The participants in the study either received 7 sessions of hypnosis or 7 sessions of therapy and placebo pills. The study concluded that the hypnosis treatment was highly effective. All of the patients receiving hypnosis reported improvement in their IBS symptoms. They also maintained the improvement after a two-year follow up.

The same researchers performed a similar controlled study aimed at using hypnosis to treat functional dyspepsia. The participants involved in this study either received hypnosis, therapy with a placebo, or standard medical treatment. Researchers concluded that the hypnosis group saw the best improvements. At the end of the treatment, 59% saw improvement and at the one-year follow up, 73% of the hypnosis group saw improvement in their symptoms. They also reported reductions in medication and they reported an overall improvement in their quality of life.

Both of these studies show that hypnosis is a viable form of treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. The researchers suggested that patients with gastrointestinal disorders should have access to hypnotherapy to treat their disorder. It must also be pointed out that treating gastrointestinal problems with hypnotherapy can produce greater savings in medical costs. The reason for this is a reduction in usage of prescription drugs and a reduction in medical visits to doctors.

Many times, the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders can become worse if there is added stress on the individual. Hypnosis therapy targets stress, diminishes it and relaxes the subject. As part of the chain reaction, the symptoms of initial disorders can decrease as well. This is why many health professionals may recommend getting hypnosis therapy for patients who experience problems with their digestive system.

IBS can be a debilitating condition.  Clients that have hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome see a marked improvement of their symptoms.  Hypnotherapy has been used for some time in the treatment of IBS.  Hypnotherapists at the Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic in London have experience of helping clients with IBS and improve their quality of life.  Speak to one of the hypnotherapists at the London Hypnotherapy Clinic and make positive changes to your life with hypnosis.

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