The NHS refer to IBS as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system
- It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and Constipation. These tend to come and go overtime. and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.
- It can be very frustrating to live with and have a very big impact on your everyday life.
Back in the 1980′s, Professor Peter Whorwell (Professor of Gastroenterelogy) South Manchester UK was finding that conventional medical treatment was not helping his patients with IBS. He had an interest in hypnotherapy and decided to use it to help his patients relax more. He found not only did it relax them but also improved their condition. He was so impressed he undertook clinical research trials to confirm his findings. The results were incredible a 70% improvement in reducing IBS patients symptoms.
Many more studies have been carried out since that time and hypnotherapy is a recognised treatment by NICE, not only does it improve colonic symptoms, but also the associated anxiety and depression and overall quality of life. In 2018 specialists from the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands decided to investigate more into the mechanism of gut directed hypnotherapy. They found that their research subjects who participated in hypnotherapy (either individual or group sessions) reported a statistically significant improvement in their IBS symptoms.