When you hear the word hypnosis, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
For many folks, it’s some trickster on a stage trying to make audience members quack like a duck. And if that was your first thought too, I don’t blame you.
Most folks haven’t ever heard of hypnotherapy, let alone experienced it. But trust me when I say it’s not even the same animal.
From quitting smoking to losing weight, hypnotherapy can be an effective alternative therapy. And it’s actually been used to treat health concerns for centuries.
But now researchers say it could also help relieve the painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I’ll have more on that in a moment.
IBS treatments often fail
If you or someone you care about has IBS, you know how disruptive it is. And you understand that the condition is FAR more serious than just an upset stomach or an occasional bout of constipation.
Left untreated, IBS can destroy your quality of life. And unfortunately, treatment still isn’t a guarantee you’ll find the relief you’re desperately seeking.
Heavy-duty prescription drugs and hit-or-miss dietary changes are usually all that mainstream medicine has to offer. But if they don’t work you can be left feeling miserable and hopeless.
But now a new study in the journal The Lancet: Gastroenterology & Hepatology has restored hope for countless IBS sufferers. Because it turns out hypnotherapy could be a powerful tool in your fight against IBS.
Hypnotherapy erased painful IBS symptoms
For the study, researchers separated volunteers with IBS into three groups…
- people receiving hypnotherapy individually
- folks receiving group hypnotherapy
- those receiving educational support without hypnotherapy
After just three months, the results for folks getting hypnotherapy looked really encouraging. But after receiving treatment for a year, they were nothing short of incredible.
Fifty-five percent of the volunteers receiving individual hypnotherapy saw improvements. They had far fewer IBS symptoms and reported a better quality of life. And the folks in the group sessions weren’t far behind. Over half… 51 percent… of them had fewer symptoms and better quality of life scores too.
The unlucky folks in the educational support group didn’t fare nearly as well. But it wasn’t a complete bust as 22 percent of the volunteers had some symptom relief.
But in the end, hypnotherapy worked at more than DOUBLE the rate of standard care.
Focused relaxation could work for you TOO
If hypnotherapy still sounds a bit strange or exotic to you, try this. Think of it as a kind of guided relaxation rather than hypnosis. Because that’s essentially what hypnotherapy is.
The techniques help you relax enough that you can entirely focus in on one thing. And in this case, of course, that’s relieving your IBS symptoms.
The odds are good you’ve experienced this kind of focused relaxation before without even realizing it. If you’ve ever been so focused on a hobby, listening to music, or even just driving down the road that you found yourself wondering where the time went, it’s essentially the same thing.
Only with hypnotherapy, you have someone helping to guide you into that focused state.
Hypnotherapy could work for you too. If you’re interested in trying it out look for someone certified by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).
When your hypnotherapist is certified by the NBCCH, you will know he has received all the proper training. And that way you can be sure you don’t end up wasting your time with someone who doesn’t have the right experience.
Living with IBS is hard. Hypnotherapy could help make it a whole lot easier.
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