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Hypnotherapy Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. IBS is characterised by a range of symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea. While the exact cause of IBS is not known, research suggests that it may be linked to both physical and psychological factors, including anxiety. In this article, we will explore the connection between anxiety and IBS and how hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for this condition.

Anxiety and IBS

Anxiety is a common condition that affects many people, and it is also a common symptom in individuals with IBS. Studies have shown that people with IBS are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than people without the condition.

It is thought that the connection between anxiety and IBS is due to the fact that the brain and the gut are closely connected. When a person is anxious, it can affect the nerves in the gut, leading to changes in bowel movements and other digestive symptoms.

Possible causes of IBS

The exact cause of IBS is not known, but there are several factors that are thought to contribute to the condition. These include:

  • Abnormalities in the gut microbiota: The gut microbiota is a complex ecosystem of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. When there are imbalances in the gut microbiota, it can lead to inflammation and other digestive issues.

  • Food sensitivities: Certain foods can trigger IBS symptoms in some individuals, such as dairy products, wheat, and gluten.

  • Stress: Stress is a common trigger for IBS symptoms. When a person is stressed, it can lead to changes in the gut microbiota and other digestive functions.

Hypnotherapy for IBS can help you break the cycle of pain anxiety and stress related to IBS, Hypnotherapy is now acknowledged within the wider medical profession as an evidenced-based therapy that can help reduce the symptoms of IBS, and sometimes alleviate those symptoms entirely.

Hypnotherapy for IBS - Treatment​

Hypnotherapy for IBS can help you to learn relaxation techniques, as well as learn new ways to manage stress. Our state of mind can have an impact on our physical well-being. Therefore the tension, stress and anxiety often caused by IBS may undermine the immune system and further compromise health.

Learning how to relax and manage stressful feelings can become useful life tools. Hypnosis can help to promote positive thinking and develop coping strategies. The hypnotherapist helps you recognise the problem and access your unconscious mind.


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