Latest News on Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment (Talk to Cathy about her sessions to treat IBS)
The 7.30 report with Leigh Sales ran a report on using hypnosis to reduce and manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It featured a woman who was unable to take her dogs to the park daily without constantly having to avail herself of the restrooms. She had heard about hypnotherapy for treating IBS and subsequently had 5 sessions of hypnosis using gut directed hypnosis. She reported an 80 percent reduction in her symptoms. She could now go to the park with her dogs and not rush off to the toliets every 5 minutes. The report went on to say that Monash University had conducted a study on patients who suffered IBS and treated them with the low FOD map diet and with hypnosis. The group who received hypnosis reduced their IBS faster and more effectively with the hypnosis as well as other accompanying disorders such as anxiety and depression.
As many as one in five Australians are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), enduring symptoms ranging from occasional abdominal pain to gastrointestinal problems so debilitating that they are unable to work. Monash University researchers demonstrate that hypnotherapy is on par with the popular low FODMAP diet for improvement of IBS symptoms.
Hypnotherapy has been used in the Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Coeliac Clinic at the Alfred in Melbourne since 2014 and had an 18-month waiting list at one stage. It is in demand elsewhere but services are restricted by the limited number of specialised practitioners
Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches. With patients who have severe chronic IBS, it was Hypnotherapy patients that showed dramatic improvement in all measures, and they maintained that improvement at a two year follow-up. (1) Hypnosis can also assist people who have a fear of using public toilets.