Improving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) through Hypnosis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects one person in five and is the world’s most common gastrointestinal disorder. Symptoms include abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.  It is highly recommended that you seek advice from your GP if you feel you may be suffering from IBS.

It has now been shown that in some cases emotional triggers can affect the intestines.  This in turn can bring about a nervous reaction in the gut.  These emotional triggers could be stress or anxiety, or physical or verbal abuse for instance. A given amount of stress has been shown to have a greater adverse effect on intestinal reaction and sensation than in non-sufferers.  Certainly, many sufferers consider that stress is an important factor and is responsible for triggering flare ups of their symptoms.

We know that IBS can be exacerbated by anxiety or stress, and that the subsequent worry about the IBS can perpetuate the effects. Hypnotherapy can get to the root of the problem, giving you the tools to manage any stress that may be making the IBS worse, and by using positive suggestion increase your confidence in your well-being to reduce sensitivity in your gut.

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends hypnotherapy for patients with IBS who have not responded to pharmacological intervention.

Lesley Leach Hypnotherapy – providing hypnotherapy services to Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross on Wye and the surrounding areas.