Hypnotherapy and IBS are once again in the spotlight. IBS is a condition that affects up to 15 percent of the population, where people get bloating, abdominal pain and change of bowel habits over a long period of time.
This isn’t the first time it was proven that hypnotherapy has lasting benefits on easing IBS symptoms. That’s right, many such studies have already been carried out in various Universities.
Scientists in Sweden have also published a study that found Hypnotherapy to be an effective treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
In recent time Swedish researchers conducted a study involving 346 patients, proving Hypnotherapy to be a valid alternative treatment to ease the symptoms of IBS.
What’s even more interesting, the Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that hypnotherapy not only alleviates the discomfort of IBS by as much as 40%, but that the changes remain long-term. A previous study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology found that hypnotherapy helped 208 patients alleviate IBS discomfort and that the benefits were sustained even seven years later.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the name given to a host of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. It has been reported that IBS affects around a third of the population at some point in their lives and, about one in 10 people suffer symptoms severe enough to seek help from their GP. Swedish researchers also found Hypnotherapy to be a valid alternative treatment to ease the symptoms of IBS, that doesn’t involve popping pills or making diet changes.
“The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the healthcare cost and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS,” says Magnus Simren, a researcher involved with the study at Gothenburg University.
written by: Katherine Ferris