IBS is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort, accompanied by changes in bowel functioning such as diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both. In IBS, the gut’s function is not normal, but structural changes are not found. The symptoms may be intermittent, and last for years. More predominant in women than men, an estimated 10-15% of Americans suffer from IBS.
Hypnosis has been found to be very beneficial for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Determining if you have IBS:
- Have symptoms been present for 6 months or more?
- Are symptoms present at least 3 days each month for the past 3 months
- Is the pain relieved by having a bowel movement?
- Is the pain linked to how often you have a bowel movement?
- Is there a connection between the pain and the appearance or consistency of your bowel movements?
If you’ve answered yes to most of the questions above, you may have IBS.
There have been many studies of the efficacy of hypnosis for IBS, and it has become widely accepted among medical circles that hypnosis can provide relief when nothing else has. In one study, Hypnosis and irritable Bowel syndrome: A review of efficacy and mechanism of action, by Gabriel Tan, D. Corydon Hammond, and Joseph Gurrala in 2005, the findings state:
“Hypnosis consistently produces significant results and improves the cardinal symptoms of IBS in the majority of patients, as well as positively affecting non-colonic symptoms. When evaluated according to the efficacy guidelines of the Clinical Psychology Division of American Psychological Association, the use of hypnosis with IBS qualifies for the highest level of acceptance as being both efficacious and specific.”
Hypnosis is a proven effective complementary or alternative approach for IBS.
Hypnosis has been very successful in the treatment of IBS, and is supported by numerous studies. Unlike the side effects of medications that are used for IBS, there are no adverse side effects with hypnosis. Everyone is able to experience the relaxed state of hypnosis. All of the “chatter” that normally is going on in the conscious mind, quiets down, and the mind/body connection is able to do it’s perfect work to correct itself and heal.
The hypnotherapists at ChangeWorks Hypnosis Center have experience and specialized training in how to help you realize these benefits. Whether you are currently on medication for ADD/ADHD or not, hypnosis can improve your symptoms and provide you with a new way to control your mind and your experiences.