IBS, physical problems & pain

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
(+44 77199 58726 if calling from outside the UK)

Hypnotherapy and health

Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment; I am not a medical practitioner and have no desire or right to take on that responsibility. However, as you can see from the studies below, the mind can have a powerful effect on the body, and therefore I can help you improve your health or relieve discomfort with hypnotherapy and other techniques, such as acupuncture, nutrition or bodywork and use of the Scenar device.

The effects of stress on your health

Much illness and discomfort can be caused or made worse by stress. Your body is designed to rest and repair itself when you are relaxed; when you are stressed, on the other hand, it is as if your alarm system is switched on and you are alert for action. Under stress you release a substance called cortisol from the adrenal glands, and this has a negative effect on your immune system, which obviously makes you more liable to illness. Also pain and discomfort are increased under stress and often reduced simply by the act of relaxing, even without any suggestion.

The emotional connection to physical conditions

Sometimes physical ailments can be due to emotionally traumatic events, and in these cases, hypnotherapy can often help considerably. Even in the case of fertility, stress will affect a woman’s hormones and may be a factor in preventing conception (cortisol affects the reproductive system). Consequently, reducing her response to stress may make it easier to conceive and improve fertility.

Pain and hypnotherapy

The nerve pathways which process emotional pain are the same ones used for physical pain, so it is unsurprising that pain can often be improved by working on the emotional component. Anything which takes a load off the system reduces the stress and makes it easier for you to cope. Hypnotherapy can often help with pain via direct suggestion, via metaphors and visualisation, and by working on the emotions.

IBS and digestive issues and the emotional connection

We have what is sometimes thought of as a second brain in our digestive system, known as the enteric nervous system. What scientists are discovering is that some brain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, also can be found in the intestines.

In fact the vast majority of serotonin, for example, is manufactured and stored in the intestines rather than the brain. Not only that, it has recently been discovered that taste receptors for bitterness can be found in the heart and other taste receptors are found in different organs.

Since digestion is so fundamental to our existence, it is unsurprising that gut function is closely linked to mood and emotion. For example, the emotion of disgust was originally linked to spoiled food, but also of course becomes extended to what we ‘cannot stomach’, and this is reflected in the Latin roots of the word. Similarly, this is reflected in the word ‘distaste’.

Hypnotherapy and digestive issues

The mind influences the body, and the body influences the mind. Digestive problems can make us grumpy or fill us with despair; stress can give us loose bowels through fear, or even constipation (cortisol, the stress hormone, regulates the production of thyroid hormone, so it can act to slow digestion).

Given the close connection between emotion and digestion, hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in helping to regulate your digestive system. If you have any questions about how hypnotherapy may be able to help in your particular case, please get in touch and ask.

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
(+44 77199 58726 if calling from outside the UK)

Effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, in other words Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24819701

Hypnosis for treatment of HIV neuropathic pain: preliminary report:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23566167

Biofeedback versus hynosis for low back pain:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24934738

Scenar device used in several cases of post-herpetic neuralgia (pain following shingles):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20879466

Scenar device used to speed healing of duodenal ulcers:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16924799

Hypnotherapy effective in reducing pain and anxiety in children during medical diagnostic procedures:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022347682800401

Hypnosis used to reduce breast cancer pain:
http://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/1983/08000/Group_Therapy_and_Hypnosis_Reduce_Metastatic.7.aspx

Hypnosis effective in reducing pain (meta-analysis evaluating both clinical and experimental pain):
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207140008410045#.VDASaOfezYA

Hypnosis has a ‘reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions’:
http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2003-06077-004

Hypnosis is effective in changing colon motility and therefore may help with IBS and similar issues:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/014067369290394I

How hypnosis reduces the perception of pain, the brain mechanisms involved:
http://journals.lww.com/anesthesiology/Abstract/2000/05000/Neural_Mechanisms_of_Antinociceptive_Effects_of.13.aspx

Hypnosis effective in improving surgical side-effects. Meta-analysis showing that surgical patients in hypnosis treatment groups had better outcomes than 89% on patients in control groups:
http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/089892902760191117#.VDAWr-fezYA

Hypnosis used to inhibit Mantoux test (skin sensitivity reaction):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2124383/

Hypnosis effective in changing skin, bowel, circulation and sensory functions:
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/58/5/390/

Hypnosis effective in reducing clinical pain, warts and asthma:
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/91/2/215/

Hypnosis used to reduce burn pain:
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ccp/60/5/713/

Hypnotherapy effective in IBS, systematic review and meta-analysis:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24935275

Effectiveness of hypnosis in 54% of IBS patients who did not respond to conventional therapy:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24901382

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