Has IBS taken over your life to the extent that you fear that its sudden occurrence can result in embarrassing situations? Does no medical treatment seem to be helpful in this regard? Try hypnosis. As weird as the connection between gut health and hypnosis seems, it exists. Research confirms that gut-directed hypnotherapy can support the patients of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a collection of symptoms that indicate digestive troubles and cause bathroom-related issues. On a global level, this ailment has 6 to 18% of people in its grip. The causes behind IBS may differ from one person to another.
Typically, stress, sleep deprivation, an unbalanced gut, and an improper diet can stimulate the condition. Abdominal cramps are the most common symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When the signals sent out by the good bacteria in the gut go haywire, pain in the lower abdomen occurs.
Diarrhea which causes loose stools is another symptom. Constipation, as in fewer and more complicated trips to the toilet, is yet another symptom. Food intolerance, gas, bloating, fatigue, insomnia, and mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety are more indicators of IBS.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy, which puts the mind into a state of trance, is practiced by professionals as a part of medicine to treat brain-related problems. From anxiety to drug abuse, this guided form of hypnosis is used for serving several psychological purposes.
It is not uncommon of hypnotherapy to be of use when it comes to medical conditions such as skin troubles, digestive problems, etc. As a part of this treatment option, the mind is soothed by putting one in a relaxed and calm state. A clinical hypnotherapist directs one through various scenarios to yield focus. How long a treatment takes, varies based on different factors.
How does gut-directed hypnotherapy work?
Gut-directed hypnotherapy typically requires 3 months of commitment with 15 minutes from each day spent listening to recordings received from the therapist. During these three months, one is also required to engage in 7 therapy sessions either in person or through video chats online.
Each meeting lasts 40 minutes. During it, patients are made to visualize settings in which they learn to be comfortable. However, no symptoms of IBS such as diarrhea or constipation are directly discussed. Even children can benefit from hypnotherapy.
It must be noted that that gut-directed hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome might not be very helpful for someone who has a lot of anxiety about the symptoms of the condition or suffers through depression.
IBS can be very challenging and mortifying to deal with. Hypnosis for the treatment of digestive problems is not unheard of. In fact, gut-directed hypnotherapy is a great way to get relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, one needs to have patience to go for the three-month long treatment. The sessions can take place either online or in person.