Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Cathy has helped a number of clients reduce and manage their IBS with the use of her hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome treatment. There definitely is a mind – gut connection and hypnosis calms the mind down which then calms the gut down. This is done via suggestions which are accepted by the clients subconscious and conscious mind. It is a wonderful way to help the client manage the very stressful effects of IBS.
Hypnotherapy has been used in the Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Coeliac Clinic at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2014 and had an 18-month waiting list at one stage. It is in demand elsewhere but services are restricted by the limited number of specialised practitioners.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving an 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches. With patients who have severe chronic IBS, it was Hypnotherapy patients that showed dramatic improvement in all measures, and they maintained that improvement at a two-year follow-up. (1) Hypnosis can also assist people who have a fear of using public toilets.
Leigh Sales 27/4/2017
The 7.30 report with Leigh Sales ran a report on using hypnosis to reduce and manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It featured a woman who was unable to take her dogs to the park daily without constantly having to avail herself of the restrooms. She had heard about hypnotherapy for treating IBS and subsequently had 5 sessions of hypnosis using gut-directed hypnosis. She reported an 80 per cent reduction in her symptoms. She could now go to the park with her dogs and not rush off to the toilets every 5 minutes. The report went on to say that Monash University had conducted a study on patients who suffered IBS and treated them with the low FOD map diet and with hypnosis. The group who received hypnosis reduced their IBS faster and more effectively with the hypnosis as well as other accompanying disorders such as anxiety and depression.
As many as one in five Australians are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), enduring symptoms ranging from occasional abdominal pain to gastrointestinal problems so debilitating that they are unable to work. Monash University researchers demonstrate that hypnotherapy is on par with the popular low FODMAP diet for improvement of IBS symptoms.
How many sessions will I need?
Recommended is 3 sessions however a single session can be highly effective as well.
- 90 min session including session recording
- Meditations – bonus
- Other written resources