Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic (long-term) disorder that affects the digestive system. It causes abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhoea and constipation. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions. The symptoms can fluctuate, there may be times when your symptoms are particularly troublesome and times when you experience no symptoms at all. Although IBS poses no serious threat to health, it can have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life.
It is estimated that 10-20% of the UK’s population is affected by IBS at any one time, although this figure may be higher because many people with the condition do not report their symptoms to their GP. IBS is twice as common in women as it is in men. The condition normally develops in people who are between 20 and 30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age.
The exact causes of IBS are unknown. One theory is that people who suffer from IBS have a large intestine that is particularly sensitive and reactive to stress and certain foods. The immune system, which fights infection, is also thought to be involved. Hypnosis can help in the following ways: helping you to relax, easing the symptoms if they are triggered by stress; teaching you powerful creative visualisation techniques to relieve your symptoms; and programming in a new, positive reaction to stress triggers.
Over 20 years of scientific research has proven hypnosis to be a safe and effective choice for alleviating symptoms of IBS. Hypnosis routinely produces positive results in over 80% of the people who use it in the treatment of IBS.