Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a condition that affects your large intestine (colon) where common symptoms include cramps, constipation, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. IBS is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, with a reported prevalence between 10-15% in the U.S.
A study was performed involving 204 participants with IBS. Researchers conducted the study to learn the long-term benefits of hypnosis on IBS. All 204 participants had IBS and used hypnotherapy to treat their symptoms. They answered a detailed questionnaire including questions on quality of life and anxiety before and after receiving hypnotherapy to treat IBS. The time span, since the treatment of IBS with hypnotherapy, included up to 6 years.
Research found that 71% of the participants had reported a positive improvement in IBS symptoms. Of the 71% who reported improvement, 81% had maintained their improvement and the other 19% reported only slight deterioration of improvement. The results of the questionnaire showed there was no significant difference between patients who had completed the treatment 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 or more years ago. The results also showed that overall quality of life and anxiety were still significantly improved. This study shows that hypnotherapy provides long-term and lasting benefits for IBS sufferers. The researchers concluded that hypnosis provides benefits for at least 5 years following treatment.
-Gonsalkorale, W.M., Miller, V., Afzal, A., & Whorwell, P.J. (2003). Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome. Gut, 52(11), 1623-1629.
Using hypnotherapy we can help to alleviate stress and bring more balance and ease to the bodily system. Join us at the Florida Hypnosis Clinics and we will work together to bring more Health into your life.