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Why gut-directed hypnosis helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Why gut-directed hypnosis helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How hypnosis helps with IBS - irritable bowel syndrome

What many do not know, psychotherapeutic procedures such as abdominal hypnosis are recommended for irritable bowel syndrome. Especially when drug therapy has not been enough and everyday life is affected. Often, patients have already undergone numerous medical examinations before they come to our practice. Starting with blood and stool examinations, gastrointestinal endoscopies, all of which have failed to produce any organic findings. In addition, most of them have undergone dietary changes and diets, as well as alternative methods such as herbal cures or complex intestinal rehabilitations. The path of suffering is often long and arduous before those affected consider abdominal hypnosis. And this is quite understandable. Because all together experience a strong, physical feeling and for many it is still true that people with psychosomatic complaints have something "at the waffle".

But when do people respond positively to hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome? According to Lackner et al 2004, there are 4 factors in which people respond positively to therapeutic interventions. These include hypnotherapeutic interventions.

People respond well when
  • symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are intensified or even triggered by stress.
  • Those affected by anxiety or depression report. Often the anxiety increases as it progresses: such as fear of not reaching a toilet in time, fear of "going to shit", fear of visiting places they don't know or where they know there is no toilet, fear of leaving the house. This is often accompanied, quite understandably, by depressive moods, hopelessness and a strong desire "I want my life back!"
  • pain is not present throughout and there are also moments of relief and relaxation.
  • symptoms are not yet of long temporal duration.

See also

Our website also has an in-depth article on irritable bowel syndrome.


In this reference book you will find more about hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome:
  • Lackner JM, Mesmer C, Morley S et al. (2004) Psychological treat- ments for irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Consult Psychol 72: 1100–1113

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