Irritable bowel syndrome, known as IBS, is a physical condition that can be made worse by emotional stress. Some of the symptoms include
- Abdominal distention
- Abdominal fullness, gas, bloating
- Abdominal pain that:
- Comes and goes
- Is reduced or goes away after a bowel movement
- Occurs after meals
- Chronic and frequent constipation, usually accompanied by pain
- Chronic and frequent diarrhea, usually accompanied by pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of appetite
If you suspect you may have irritable bowel syndrome, it is very important that you consult your physician. Only a physician can diagnose and treat irritable bowel syndrome. Proper diagnosis is very important, to rule out other conditions that may require very different treatment.
If you have already been diagnosed with IBS, you may want to consider hypnotherapy as an additional treatment. There have been quite a few studies, dating back to 1984, that show hypnotherapy to be effective in reducing many of the symptoms of IBS. Dr. Olafur Palsson, a psychologist, has developed a standardized 7 session treatment protocol that seems to be effective in up to 80% of patients. While there is no guarantee that it will help in every situation, it may be something to consider.
It is very important that anyone with any sort of medical condition consult with their physician first before considering hypnosis. Your therapist may ask you to sign a release so that they may speak with your physician, prior to using hypnosis to help with symptoms related to a medical condition. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical treatment.