IBS, IBD, PAIN and AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE
Huge evidence supports IBS, IBD, Pain and autoimmune support and remission within hypnotherapy. The NHS, NICE and the the WHO all recognise its significance in powerful healing modalities. The brain and body are so closely connected, each affects the other meaning we have a remarkable ability of an element of control over our physical bodies. Research now connects many serious illnesses and auto-immune disease to stress and other emotional difficulties in life.
Read on to find out more about each of the above conditions.
I use evidence based techniques and strategies to ensure the best treatment programme for you and have additional training in this field. I have nursed the debilitating effects of these conditions with a family member, meaning it is close to my heart.
Hypnotherapy is so successful with IBS and pain it can be found in the NICE guidelines and on the NHS website.
(link below to 'The Times" shows Hypnotherapy in the NHS along with a Daily Mail article and other useful links)
Pain can have a profound effect on someones life, which can also lead to anxiety and depression, especially if it is severe.
Hypnotherapy is very effective for pain management and the other unwanted effects pain also causes. Pain with IBS or IBD go hand in hand. The disease is unpredictable and can seriously hinder a persons enjoyment of life, daily activities and relationships. However, hypnotherapy has truly inspiring medically backed statistics and reviews.
Did you know for example, an audit of 1000 IBS patients gave the following results:
78% of patients achieved a 50 point or more (clinically significant) reduction in symptom severity scores.
Overall response rate 80% in females and 62% in males.
Abdominal pain, bloating and bowel 'dissatisfaction' were significantly reduced. (source Peter Noise UKCH 2022)
These results were achieved after a series of 6 sessions!
Did you also know that gut microbes are found in the brain and vice-versa? This is why you get a 'gut-feeling', butterflies, or stomach cramps when you hear bad news or meet someone who makes you feel uncomfortable. The connection between the two is indisputable which is why hypnotherapy is so effective for IBS, IBD and Auto-immune disease.
If that is not enough to convince you, read more below!
You can find statistics on:
positive psychology.com and many more sites.
Channel 5's documentary 'how to stop your IBS' features the benefits of gut directed hypnotherapy. And Channel 4's documentary series 'know your s***' also highlighted the benefits of hypnotherapy for those with bowel issues.
The APA (American Psychological Assn) report that patients who received hypnotherapy reported less post surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort.
Time.com report that Irvin Kirsch's research shows weight loss with hypnosis and CBT is significantly more effective than CBT alone, and the weight loss continued at the 18 month follow up (where it did not with CBT alone).
(Markham Head March 2nd 2021)
Dr. David Speigel states hypnosis is 'very helpful' in treating stress, anxiety and PTSD. It can even alter a persons immune function in ways that offset stress and reduce susceptibility to viral infections.
Hypnosis works on multiple brain regions helping pain management and perception, and can calm the mind in regards to emotional response. There are videos and information on those who have used only hypnosis whilst undergoing surgical and dental procedures. It is an amazing and beautiful therapy.
Alfred A. Barrios, PhD reviewed the overall lasting success of various psychological approaches. This study revealed the following success rates:
Hypnotherapy — 93% success rate after six sessions
Behaviour Therapy — 72% success rate after 22 sessions
Psychotherapy — 38% success rate after 600 sessions.”
(Source: Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, Volume 7, Number 1, Spring, 1970.)
BBC.com have an article entitled "The medical power of hypnosis" for those of you who wish to explore more.
Pain is subjective. For some they can tolerate high levels, and others cannot. It does not mean you are weak in anyway. Tolerance depends on several sensitivities. However, weirdly - we think we have pain in our arm or leg, when actually all pain stems and is made in the brain. This does not mean pain is all in your head, the brain is warning us of something to keep us safe and protect a damaged area, or to teach us not to touch the hot stove!
Have you ever noticed too, how when you are in pain, you tense up? Curl over? Rub the sore spot? These are either distraction techniques, or self-soothing measures we take to try and ease the pain or keep ourselves safe. If you are going to have pain, would you rather not have it in a relaxed body than a tense one? Once you can take steps to regulate yourself, you can then take steps to learn pain relief without medication. Yes - it really works ! There are videos and documentaries that show patients having surgery and dental procedures with hypnosis as the only form of pain relief. Incredible!
Ailments like psoriasis, graves disease and MS, are auto-immune diseases. This basically means the body has been put into
an inflammatory response at some point. In trying to heal the inflammation, especially if present for long stressful periods, the signals do not get turned off and the system becomes out of control. The immune system basically attacks itself. Whilst hypnotherapy cannot claim to cure these conditions, it can make significant differences to the way they fare - help reduce inflammation and in the case of psoriasis reduce redness and itching significantly. Reducing stress and learning how to manage pain and difficult situations can make profound differences to the sufferer.The mind and body are amazing example of who one affects the other.