Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel Syndrome is a common condition globally affecting 10-15% of the world’s population.
In the UK it causes misery for 2 out of 10 people, each suffering on average of 6 episodes per year.
It can develop at any age, starting as early as teeenage years and generally affects more women than men.
There is no known specific cause although many triggers exist including dietary factors and high levels of stress.
There may be a genetic predisposition, and it can be linked to anxiety and depression. (BUPA, NHS).
IBS ymptoms vary between individuals and sufferers can have good and bad days. The symptoms include:
- Stomach pain and cramps, usually worse after eating
- bloated and swollen stomach
Although there is no known cure, the condition can be successfully managed.
Research has shown that gut-directed hypnotherapy helps the brain to modulate gut activity (Whorwell 2005).
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recognised the successful management of IBS with hypnotherapy (Cochrane 2006).
As a result, this condition has been accepted for management with hypnotherapy by the NHS.
If any of these symptoms sound familar to you, please book with your GP to confirm your diagnosis.
You are then invited to a free initial consultation so that we can help you.