Self-hypnosis can be an invaluable tool in regaining control over IBS symptoms.
In the UK, around one in ten people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a distressing group of symptoms in which the bowel becomes abnormally sensitive, resulting in constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and wind.
Although the cause of IBS may be difficult to determine,, there is evidence to suggest that stress exacerbates the problem and, following research by Professor Peter Whorwell, a gasteroenterologist, hypnosis is now widely accepted as an effective treatment for this condition.
The advantages of undertaking a course of hypnotherapy are many. First of all, the benefits may be felt immediately. Clients are taught self-hypnosis, an invaluable tool in regaining control over their symptoms.
Hypnotherapy can work alongside conventional medical treatment and is, in fact, offered by some hospitals.
Carole Wan and Alan Cooper (www.lifesolutions.org.uk) specialise in the treatment of IBS. Clients are taught various relaxation techniques, as well as given help in identifying stressful situations and triggers for this condition.
Diet may also be an important consideration, and clients are encouraged to complete a diary in order to identify food and situations.
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