Responsiveness test for Hypnotherapy for IBS treatment

Have you ever wondered “if” you are hypnotisable?

Do you want to know if you are among the majority that respond well to hypnotherapy or are you in the minority classed as unresponsive? Of course, there are varied impressions formed by people about their ability to get “hypnotised”. Debate is still raging, and rightly so; healthy debate is always a good thing.

Well, I am happy to report that the latest observation and research into the effectiveness of hypnotherapy suggests most people are “in fact” hypnotisable and able to get into a healthy state of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.

It seems that, as most hypnotherapists are already aware, an active imagination is an important component of hypnotic ability.

An article published in the Science Daily is one of many such articles that looks at the topic of hypnotherapy for IBS treatment

Test predicts response to Hypnotherapy

ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2010) reported that; scientists asked people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to relate their mood to a colour. Apparently, those choosing a positive colour were nine times more likely to respond to hypnotherapy than those who chose a negative colour or no colour at all. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggest that these findings could be used to predict an outcome of treatment.

Team of researchers from the University of Manchester, UK, carried out the study using a colour chart called the ‘Manchester Colour Wheel’ which allows patients to choose colours that have previously been defined as positive, neutral or negative. Scientists said, “our unit has been providing hypnotherapy for the treatment of IBS for over twenty years with approximately two thirds of patients responding to treatment. Unfortunately, some patients were found to require as many as twelve sessions of therapy to secure a response and therefore the treatment became relatively expensive to provide. Consequently it would be very useful to be able to predict favourable responses.”

Speaking about the results Prof Whorwell said, “Being able to describe mood in terms of a positive colour is a sign of an active imagination, which is an important component of hypnotic ability.”

The hypnotherapy provided in Professor Whorwell’s Unit is called gut-focused hypnotherapy. The technique aims to give a patient control over their gut. The researchers have said that following a course of hypnotherapy treatment actual improvements in gastrointestinal function can be demonstrated.