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Say Goodbye to IBS Symptoms with Hypnotherapy in London

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. It is estimated that around 10-15% of the population in the UK suffers from IBS. If you’re one of the many people in London who struggle with this condition, you may have heard of hypnotherapy as a treatment option.

At our clinic, we have seen firsthand the power of hypnotherapy in helping individuals with IBS manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. During a hypnotherapy session, you will be guided into a state of deep relaxation, known as hypnosis. While in this state, your mind becomes more open to suggestions, allowing the therapist to work with you to change your thoughts and behaviors related to your IBS symptoms.

Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be effective in reducing symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can also improve the quality of life and reduce anxiety and depression associated with the condition. Our clients have reported significant improvements in their symptoms after just a few sessions of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy sessions are typically conducted on a one-to-one basis, with each session lasting between 60-90 minutes. The number of sessions required will vary depending on the individual and their specific needs. Our therapists will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.

We understand that finding the right treatment for IBS can be a difficult and overwhelming process. That’s why we strive to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your concerns and working towards a solution. If you’re ready to take control of your IBS symptoms in London and improve your quality of life, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how hypnotherapy can help.

To contact me click here or just call +44 7586755862

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Exploring the Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the large intestine and can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. These symptoms can be debilitating and greatly impact a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are alternative therapies available that can help reduce these symptoms, and one of them is hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help change a person’s thoughts and behaviors related to their condition. In the case of IBS, a hypnotherapist will guide the patient into a state of deep relaxation and suggest positive changes in the patient’s thoughts and behaviors related to their IBS. For example, the therapist may suggest that the patient’s stomach and intestines are functioning properly, that they can control their bowel movements, or that they can eat certain foods without experiencing symptoms. By repeatedly suggesting these positive changes, the therapist aims to re-train the patient’s subconscious mind to respond differently to triggers that cause IBS symptoms.

Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be effective in reducing symptoms of IBS. A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that patients who received hypnotherapy for IBS experienced a significant reduction in symptoms compared to those who received standard care alone. In addition, many patients reported an improvement in their overall quality of life.

It’s important to note that hypnotherapy is not a cure for IBS, and it may not work for everyone. It is important to speak with a qualified healthcare professional before undergoing hypnotherapy, or any other alternative therapy, to ensure it is appropriate for you.

Additionally, hypnotherapy should be used in combination with other conventional treatment options such as dietary changes, and medications, as prescribed by a physician.

If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy for IBS, it’s important to find a qualified practitioner. Look for a therapist who is licensed, certified, and has experience treating IBS with hypnotherapy. It’s also helpful to prepare for your session by thinking about your specific symptoms and triggers and discussing them with your therapist.

In conclusion, hypnotherapy is a promising alternative therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that can help to reduce symptoms and improve the overall quality of life. It should be used in combination with other conventional treatment options and only after consulting a qualified healthcare professional.

Having helped many clients with IBS, you can feel confident that you are in safe hands.

To find out more about how I can help you overcome your IBS with hypnotherapy in London contact me or just call on +44 7586755862

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IBS and Hypnotherapy. Does it really work?

How Hypnotherapy in London can help my IBS? Perhaps you have been battling with IBS for a few years now and nothing seems to work.

You have tried all different diets, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, paleo, vegan and still, the diarrhea is there, the constipation is there, and the unexpected trips to the toilet are there.

Do you always need to know where is the nearest toilet? Feeling anxious about leaving home?

These are one of the most common complaints I hear from patients who visit me.

Why my IBS symptoms are not improving? You may ask. There is more than diet when it comes to IBS. The symptoms and triggers can feel sometimes unrelated, sometimes you eat this food and you feel fine and others you eat the same food and you feel terrible. Why all these? 

It turns out that our brains and our guts are interconnected and communicate all the time. 

Do you remember your first crush? the butterflies in the stomach? that’s one example.

Do you remember a time when someone said something bad to you, and you could not digest it? and the pain in the stomach? this is another example.

What Hypnotherapy can do to help you with all these issues related to IBS?

There is now good evidence that hypnotherapy has proven to help re-establish the connection once had with your gut. The Vagus nerve is responsible for this connection. Hypnotherapy works by activating this specific nerve and enhances healing by using hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is arguably one of the most effective ways to ease and heal IBS in complex patients when other approaches didn’t bring the desired outcomes.

Most of my clients who come to try my hypnotherapy method tailored specifically to IBS have noticed dramatic improvements after only 1 session. 

The recommended treatment plan for IBS typically it’s from 3 to 6 sessions. Some patients need less and some may require a few extras. 

Are you ready to take back control of your life? 

To book your first session with Hypnotherapy for IBS in London just contact me or call on +44 758675 5862.

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Lose Weight with Hypnotherapy

So, some of you perhaps wanted to lose weight for a long time, and some of you just set a new year’s goal, whatever the matter is, hypnotherapy is truly one of the easiest ways to lose weight and stay slim.

Often people who visit me to lose weight complained that they have tried all sorts of different diets, exercises, and cardio and never managed to stay slim for more than just a few months.

What hypnotherapy does to you help you implant new beliefs in your subconscious mind, making it easier for you to pick up healthier food choices and simultaneously helping you to remove negative beliefs.

A complete therapy program to keep the weight off now has become so easy that you would forget all about dieting and over-thinking what to eat and what to not eat. It is just simply becoming a part of you.

My tailored program for weight loss usually includes up to 3 sessions, with follow-ups and guidance in your journey.

How many times have you thought of losing weight in the last few years? Why not do it now?

Hypnotherapy for weight loss in London and Online can really help you overcome your weight problem.

To book your consultation just click here or contact me at +447586755862.

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Hypnotherapy to help you release stress during inflation

It is not new that all prices have increased at least 12% in the current year, alongside this increase there is also an increase in gas and oil prices, plus rents. All of the above can create a state of uncertainty, dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem.

Individually, we cannot do much to change this situation, but one thing we can do is prepare ourselves mentally, keep calm and open our hearts so we can find alternative ways to cope with this situation while it lasts.

There are several ways you can include in your daily routine that can help you, one of these is Hypnotherapy.

My hypnotherapy practice in London can help you release anxiety; find balance and clarity so you can be the best version of yourself.

Why should you try hypnotherapy now?  The simple answer is because everyone is experiencing some sort of anxiety at this moment, it is important that you start with yourself first. You can be the example, the calm energy that the world needs at this moment. When we are stressed we cannot think clearly, we run into arguments really fast and we create bad consequences for ourselves and the people we love.

Hypnotherapy works with hypnosis. An ancient method of therapy that has a very fast and long-lasting effect on you.  Hypnotherapy has the advantage to bypass the conscious mind, and going to your subconscious and change unwanted habits, behaviors, fears, phobias, traumas, and a lot more.

Whilst, you may think hypnotherapy cannot really help you, from my experience, everyone who attends one of my sessions leaves the room with a sense of peace, clarity, and stability for the future.

I am now serving clients in London and other places around the world via Zoom online. Online hypnotherapy works just as efficiently as it works in person. Now, most of my clients prefer to do their sessions from the comfort of their own sofa.

To contact me just click here or call me at +44 758675 5862.

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World Mental Health Day

This is an opportunity to invite you to think about your mental health and how it can affect your relationship with other people you love.

When I started treating people with mild depression and anxiety, I came to a realization that most of the clients had few common complaints. They were all complaining about their relationships with their partners/bosses/parents. The relationship was not working and they thought that something had to be done in order for them to feel better in life. It turns out their mental health was the issue and not the relationships.

Surely you might think that sometimes other people can change their behavior or at least the way they respond to us, but it turns out we are the ones who determine how others behave towards us. If we say always yes, we don’t know how to set boundaries and have low self-esteem, and low confidence turns out humans can sense all of that and it is easier for them to manipulate the situation.

Of course, you might say, and how do I change all that? well, there is no magic pill, it all starts with you.

Firstly we have to understand that the way we think is not the same for everyone around us. We are all unique in a way and have unique ways of processing thinking and deciding. Understanding that you are unique is fundamental to making logic around the world. If we all had the same parents, same teachers, friends, and experiences in life we would still be different. Imagine 2 children from the same family. They both had the same parents, but they are so different from each other, and that is the blessing that we all carry in this world. We all have unique gifts to give to the world.

So moving now to the next on the list that is to find a purpose in life. How? you may ask. Again the answer is within you. You have to identify your own skills and talents. usually, the easiest way to do this is to see what we do so much easier than others, without too much effort. If you can identify one congratulations! You now know one gift that you have and can use to help the world become a better place!

And of course, I will also include some tips for general well-being.

Number one on the list starts with sleep. Sleep is the number one priority you have to make on your list to improve your mental state. Improving the quality of your sleep can dramatically improve your mental health. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night!

2. Social media. What we see on social media it is far from the truth. The way people present themselves is actually not very accurate on social media and that is something you need to make a note of. You only see a snapshot of their day. Most individuals are using social media to promote their businesses. This is something most of us are unaware of unless you had some marketing class!

3. Exercise and food choices! Okay, I know this you probably heard it many times. But it is crucial for your mental health. How often you exercise and what foods you eat can play a role in your mental state. Avoiding processed foods, and increasing your intake of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables alongside protein is another way to improve your mood! Omega 3 from fatty fish has proven to be the number one food choice that can have a positive effect on your happiness!

4. Caffeine! Yes! That’s right! If you are overdoing caffeine it can have the opposite effect that you desire. The mental clarity that you crave from caffeine can turn to anxiety and panic attacks and that will have an effect on your mental health. Limiting your caffeine intake daily can help you achieve high-quality sleep and also become more productive as a result of that!

5. Your Social Life! Being too restricted with work can have a negative impact on our mental health. You have to make sure that your social life is on the list of your priorities. It’s all about balance! Meeting a friend for a coffee, going to a gathering, and exchanging ideas is an ancient activity that humans have used to express themselves. Turns out that this habit can increase your overall happiness! Finding people that you enjoy spending time with and making you laugh is the secret!

That’s all for today. I wish you start looking at ways to improve your mental health and start with you!

And don’t forget, when things are not easy, you may need a little help from a professional. That is ok too!

With love,

Antonios

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

For many of us, the term Anxiety sounds very familiar. We hear it every day, on the TV, on buses, on trains, and when talking with our friends and colleagues.

Surely we think we understand what they are talking about when someone says I have Anxiety or I feel Anxious. The truth is that we all understand this in different ways. For someone, it might be just rushing thoughts, headaches, or lightheaded, for someone else could be a pain in the chest and for others a loss of appetite or interest in activities. Anxiety has many different faces.

The problem starts when Anxiety interferes with our daily routines, quality of life, and pleasure in general. Often people who come to see me complain of sleepless nights and palpitations without a conscious understanding of it. This is where Hypnotherapy comes in and helps individuals deal with the unconscious response of their bodies.

Hypnotherapy has proven in these studies an effective treatment for Anxiety and Stress. Although some people don’t quite understand how it works, the truth is that when the results come they feel amazed by the speed and efficiency of the therapy.

If you also suffer from Anxiety, stress, or insomnia, why wait? You can contact me, send me an email at [email protected], or phone at +447586755862 now and discuss how I can help you overcome your Anxiety for good.

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Yes, Hypnosis Really Can Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Using gut-directed hypnotherapy to treat IBS can have long-lasting benefits.

When you have abdominal pain — and bathroom issues — wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could send your digestive tract soothing messages?

U.S. medical centers have begun to do just that — using “gut-directed hypnotherapy” to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcerative colitis.

They’ve been looking especially for a new option to treat IBS, as up to half of IBS sufferers are dissatisfied with the results of standard medical management, and continue to have frequent symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and sharp stabs of pain in the abdomen or continual aches.

For Anna*, IBS symptoms had become so unpredictable she was afraid to book trips. “When I filled out my symptom checklist,” she said, “I broke down and cried. I realized how much IBS had taken over my life.”

Nine months after completing an online hypnotherapy program, metaMe Connect, Anna says she’s returned to “normalcy.” She’s now able to plan ahead without worrying that she won’t be well. “I don’t have fear and I don’t make decisions based on fear,” she said.

A new option

Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a form of hypnosis. Patients meet in person or by video-conference with a therapist, or listen to recordings that guide them step by step into a relaxed state.

Once patients enter the hypnotic state, they are taken through visualization exercises and hear suggestions designed to calm their digestive tract and wean them away from focusing on gut sensations.

Unlike a meditation tape anyone might pick up, this therapy has been standardized and tested — a key reason it has won acceptance from gastroenterologists at major hospitals.

More than 20 years ago, clinical psychologist Olafur Palsson, PsyD, at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, began using a specific set of scripts in a protocol that now has been studied extensively.

From 53 to 94 percent of IBS patients responded to the treatment, depending on the trial, with benefits lasting as long as a year.

The therapy addresses a problem that seems to accompany several gastrointestinal ailments: miscommunication between the gut and the brain. The smooth muscles of the intestinal wall can be hyper-reactive, altering the normal patterns of muscle contraction. Additionally, the brain can also be misinterpreting normal signals from the gut.

This disconnect between the gut and the brain can trigger the many possible symptoms of IBS — and play a role in other problems.

Recent early research suggests, for example, that hypnotherapy can prolong remission in colitis patientsTrusted Source and soothe unexplained chronic heartburnTrusted Source.

Hypnotherapy has been found to be most effective with abdominal pain, cutting it by an average of half or more in many studies.

“This is not a psychological issue, it’s neurological,” observes Daniel Bernstein, who has Crohn’s disease and who launched metaMe Connect. “You are retraining how your brain and gut communicate.”

When does a sensitive gut need treatment?

Many people struggle with digestive symptoms but never mention them to a doctor. It’s common to try many remedies on your own — probiotics, avoiding spicy foods, or going gluten-free.

But after one or two close calls of barely making it to the bathroom, people begin to rearrange their lives to avoid crises.

Anna’s experience of growing fear is common.

“The things I was trying weren’t working, and it seemed to come out of nowhere,” she explained.

Over time, and especially in periods of stress, that fear makes the problem worse.

Getting a diagnosis is a step to effective help. To diagnose IBS — which is estimated to affect up to 15 percent of American adults — doctors look for these signs: at least three months with frequent abdominal pain that is relieved after you defecate and that originally began with a change in the frequency or quality of your stool.

IBS also tends to follow a stomach flu or round of antibiotics.

Blood in your stool, weight loss, fever, or anemia suggests other possible diagnoses. You should be checked for an autoimmune problem like Crohn’s, colitis, or celiac if you’re experiencing these symptoms. You may also want to have a radiologic test of your abdomen looking for growths.

By definition, IBS does not have one clear cause. But new science has been suggesting possible factors like genetic variations and altered gut microbiomes for subgroups of patients, Palsson notes.

One of the more common treatments is the low-FODMAPs diet, which rules out many vegetables and fruits as well as gluten. FODMAPS stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols, all molecules in food.

In a 2016 studyTrusted Source, gut-directed hypnotherapy matched the results of the low-FODMAPS diet. This is welcome news for IBS patients since it clears a potentially easier path to eventually enjoy a broader, healthier diet.

How it works

The program takes three months to complete and requires daily attention. Patients receive a 15-minute recording to listen to every day, or at least five times a week.

They also have seven 40-minute sessions with a therapist (either in person or in a video conference) at two-week intervals.

During the sessions, listeners are invited to an imaginary setting and asked to visualize a number of images such as a mountain cabin with thick and strong walls that “allow you to be comfortable and at ease inside no matter how ferociously the winter storms blow outside.” They’ll also hear reassurance in the scripts that they don’t need to be successful at visualizing, just to experience what they can.

The scripts do not address diarrhea or constipation or any other symptom directly. Instead, they describe the goal, with suggestions such as: “You become more comfortable and healthy every day, undisturbed and peaceful inside like this beautiful secluded garden.”

A hypnotic state doesn’t look strange to an observer, though it’s ideal to listen to the script in privacy, without any risk of interruption. After the trance, people are completely alert, so it’s possible to listen at any time of day.

Hypnotherapy can work for children, too

The imaginary play makes the program seem ideal for children with digestive trouble, typically unexplained abdominal pain.

Colicky infants, toddlers with heartburn, and any child with chronic unexplained diarrhea or constipation, sometimes accompanied by nausea, dizziness, and pain may have IBS.

Working with Palsson, his colleague Miranda van Tilburg, Ph.D., developed a shorter protocol designed for at-home use by children ages 6 to 12.

These sessions invite listeners to float on a cloud, drift on the ocean in a gently rocking boat, or fly a magic carpet controlled by their minds. In shorter sessions, they go down a slide, swing on a swing, ride a sleigh on a snowy mountain, or bounce on the moon.

Because children often rub their painful stomachs or ask for heating pads, the kids’ tapes describe a brightly shining gem-like object with magic healing properties, which melts into the hand like butter, and can heal.

In another tape, children hear that their favorite drink applies a protective coating to their stomach, and each time they drink it, the coating gets thicker.

Six months after completion, more than 60 percent of children who went through this program had maintained their progress, cutting symptoms by at least half, the team reports, adding that “most children with both abdominal pain and headaches reported improvements in both.

Additionally, many parents reported improvements in sleep and focus at school.”

Separately, a Dutch teamTrusted Source concluded that after gut-directed hypnotherapy two-thirds of a small group of children with chronic IBS or stomach pain were at least 80 percent better almost five years later.

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5 Ways to improve IBS

KEEP A FOOD DIARY

This will help you to identify any dietary triggers, typical triggers can include spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, fats and fruits. You can use this diary to make initial adjustments to your eating habits. A food diary can also be helpful when discussing IBS with your GP or dietician. Don’t dive into a heavily restricted diet without professional guidance. Always seek the support of a qualified dietician, especially if considering a low FODMAP diet.

A point to remember: Gluten is a protein that will only cause issues if you have an allergy or coeliac disease. If you have a wheat intolerance, you will be able to tolerate small amounts of wheat. The same goes for dairy products – they only cause issues with your IBS if you have a milk protein allergy (rare) or lactose intolerance (more often). Some dairy contains very little or no lactose, so you can switch to these products.

FIND WAYS TO RELAX

For IBS patients, sleep quality is paramount. A good night’s sleep will help your body restore itself and give you the energy you need to face a new day, even with an upset tummy. If you often wake up too early, buy a silk sleeping mask – it works wonders! Go to bed at the same time and avoid blue light exposure too, it suppresses melatonin, a hormone essential for our sleep rhythm. If you must work at the computer, use blue light glasses.

One of the most effective ways to reduce your IBS symptoms is hypnotherapy. It is a form of guided hypnosis that helps you to address the brain-gut axis. Your brain and your gut are interconnected and receive the wrong messages, causing flare-ups and pain. Hypnotherapy addresses that. You meet in person or by video with a specialised therapist, who will guide you step by step into a relaxed state. It is most effective when it comes to abdominal pain- many studies showed it can reduce it by an average of half or more.

In the U.S., there has already been a change: Mount Sinai in New York, the University of Michigan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the University of Washington in Seattle, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area all offer or suggest hypnotherapy to IBS patients.

GET PLENTY OF EXERCISES

Regular movement will help your body digest food better and keep you – well, regular. Incorporate 30 minutes of daily exercise into your routine. That doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds- you can simply increase your NEAT. Non-exercise active thermogenesis (NEAT) accounts for calories burned outside your typical exercise. That can be standing, walking, climbing stairs or reaching for that cookie jar (excluding the cookies eaten afterwards).

Thanks to our largely sedentary jobs, food deliveries and labour-saving devices, our NEAT has decreased substantially in the last few years. That’s bad news as it burns between 15- 30% of a person’s daily calories and keeps your body in shape. Here are some ways to increase your NEAT:

Take the stairs

have a little dance in the kitchen when your favourite song is on

stand and move during T.V. ad breaks of your favourite show

walk when talking on the phone

Put your tea bags up high, so you get a nice stretch in every time you reach for them

Get a standing desk if you work a lot in front of a screen

EAT THE RIGHT KIND OF FIBRE

You might already know that fibre is a non-digestible carbohydrate. Why is it essential for the body? It adds bulk to our diet and makes us feel fuller for longer. Fibre also helps digestion and can prevent constipation. There is strong evidence that eating plenty of it helps to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Yet, most of us don’t eat the recommended 30 g per day. Foods high in fibre include whole grains, vegetables (potatoes with skin are great) and fruits (especially pears, berries, melon and oranges). Nuts are also a good source of fibre.

Here comes the interesting part for those with IBS. There are two types of fibre:

Insoluble

soluble

Most plant foods contain both, but some foods are high in one type of fibre. Soluble fibre, also known as viscous fibre, absorbs water when ingested. It then creates a thick gel in the colon, and it is this gel that creates the feeling of fullness.

Soluble fibre is concentrated in beans, fruits, and oat products and is an excellent choice for most people with IBS. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends taking soluble fibre supplements for people with IBS – try and see if taking these help you.

Insoluble fibre breaks down in the water and passes straight through the digestive system, helping to eliminate unwanted leftovers in the gut. It is typically found in the roughage of foods like fruit skins and seed husks. Foods such as beans and nuts, and grain products contain good amounts of insoluble fibre. It may make the pain and bloat worse.

As you know, IBS is not a one-size-fits all- some have problems with foods rich in insoluble fibre, and others with IBS have no issues with them. Even more, some foods high in soluble fibre, like beans, can cause problems for some people who have IBS.

That’s why a food diary (see above) is so helpful. Try taking soluble fibre supplements instead if you experience pain or bloating from certain foods.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Drinking more water has many benefits, no matter what your IBS symptoms are. Furthermore, water intake could improve constipation. If you suffer from diarrhoea, drinking more water will prevent dehydration. If you don’t fancy drinking only water, you can buy a mint plant from the supermarket and add a few fresh mint leaves daily. Ginger tea can also be an alternative. If you are going out, punches or beers are safe if they don’t contain sweeteners on the high FODMAP list.

If you would like to know how hypnotherapy can improve your IBS contact me to discuss more.

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Hypnotherapy can help you with IBS

Yes, Hypnosis Really Can Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Using gut-directed hypnotherapy to treat IBS can have long-lasting benefits.

When you have abdominal pain — and bathroom issues — wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could send your digestive tract soothing messages?

They’ve been looking especially for a new option to treat IBS, as up to half of IBS sufferers are dissatisfied with the results of standard medical management, and continue to have frequent symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and sharp stabs of pain in the abdomen or continual aches.

A new option

Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a form of hypnosis. Patients meet in person or by video conference with a therapist or listen to recordings that guide them step by step into a relaxed state.

Once patients enter the hypnotic state, they are taken through visualization exercises and hear suggestions designed to calm their digestive tract and wean them away from focusing on gut sensations.

Unlike a meditation tape anyone might pick up, this therapy has been standardized and tested — a key reason it has won acceptance from gastroenterologists at major hospitals.

More than 20 years ago, clinical psychologist Olafur Palsson, PsyD, at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, began using a specific set of scripts in a protocol that now has been studied extensively.

From 53 to 94 percent of IBS patients responded to the treatment, depending on the trial, with benefits lasting as long as a year.

The therapy addresses a problem that seems to accompany several gastrointestinal ailments: miscommunication between the gut and the brain. The smooth muscles of the intestinal wall can be hyper-reactive, altering the normal patterns of muscle contraction. Additionally, the brain can also be misinterpreting normal signals from the gut.

This disconnect between the gut and the brain can trigger the many possible symptoms of IBS — and play a role in other problems.

Recent early research suggests, for example, that hypnotherapy can prolong remission in colitis patientsTrusted Source and soothe unexplained chronic heartburnTrusted Source.

Hypnotherapy has been found to be most effective with abdominal pain, cutting it by an average of half or more in many studies.

When does a sensitive gut need treatment?

Many people struggle with digestive symptoms but never mention them to a doctor. It’s common to try many remedies on your own — probiotics, avoiding spicy foods, or going gluten-free.

But after one or two close calls of barely making it to the bathroom, people begin to rearrange their lives to avoid crises.

Anna’s experience of growing fear is common.

“The things I was trying weren’t working, and it seemed to come out of nowhere,” she explained.

Over time, and especially in periods of stress, that fear makes the problem worse.

Getting a diagnosis is a step to effective help. To diagnose IBS — which is estimated to affect up to 15 percent of American adults — doctors look for these signs: at least three months with frequent abdominal pain that is relieved after you defecate and that originally began with a change in the frequency or quality of your stool.

IBS also tends to follow the stomach flu or round of antibiotics.

Blood in your stool, weight loss, fever, or anemia suggests other possible diagnoses. You should be checked for an autoimmune problem like Crohn’s, colitis, or celiac if you’re experiencing these symptoms. You may also want to have a radiologic test of your abdomen looking for growths.

By definition, IBS does not have one clear cause. But new science has been suggesting possible factors like genetic variations and altered gut microbiomes for subgroups of patients.

One of the more common treatments is the low-FODMAPs diet, which rules out many vegetables and fruits as well as gluten. FODMAPS stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols, all molecules in food.

In a 2016 studyTrusted Source, gut-directed hypnotherapy matched the results of the low-FODMAPS diet. This is welcome news for IBS patients since it clears a potentially easier path to eventually enjoy a broader, healthier diet.

To find out how I can help you with your IBS just contact me.

 

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