How Can Hypnosis Work For IBS?

I remember one night when I was in college, there was a hypnosis seminar going on in the student center. My best friend and I happened to be walking by and decided to step in and see what it was about. I have to admit, the experience witnessed was a little odd, but after researching it more, it is more clear how helpful it could be.

Hypnotherapy is a guided state of relaxation, concentration, and focused attention and is used to achieve an increased state of awareness, also known as a trance. When a person is hypnotized, their attention is extremely focused, so much that they are able to temporarily block out or overlook whatever is occurring around them. In this state, a person may focus his or her attention on specific thoughts or tasks and is typically achieved with the help of a trained therapist.1

How does it work?

Hypnosis works by allowing people to dig deeper into any distressing thoughts, feelings, and memories. It may also enable people to recognize things differently, such as blocking a feeling of pain and helps them to respond better to suggestions. It analyzes the possible root of a disorder or symptom that a person may hide in his or her unconscious memory.2

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy may improve the treatments for many conditions such as phobias, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and grief. It may also be helpful in aiding with pain control and habit-forming activities such as smoking.3

How can hypnosis help with irritable bowel syndrome?

Hypnosis has been studied as a treatment of IBS by many researchers. The process involves advanced relaxation and suggestions of soothing imagery and sensations that center around the person’s symptoms. It has been noted that improvements in overall well-being, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating occurred during hypnosis. It may also help other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, backache, and urinary problems.34

Personally, I've never tried hypnotherapy, and I'm not sure it would be for me! However, it does sound like a great, natural way to help ease some frustrations and symptoms of IBS for those willing to give it a try!

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