IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects more than one out of every ten people, but the medical and pharmaceutical industries can do little to relieve the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

IBS symptoms include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Abdominal cramping and discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Alternating bouts of Constipation and Diarrhea
  • Bowel movements that are uncontrollably urgent, difficult to pass, or incomplete
  • Clear or white mucus with the stool

Certain foods can worsen this condition once called “spastic colon”. Stress, or irritants also worsen it. Symptoms can even vary and change over time.

I’ve had 1 or 2 of those symptoms in the past. Does that mean I have IBS?

No, but if you think you suffer from IBS see your doctor. A doctor or gastroenterologist determines if your symptoms are due to IBS or not. Hypnosis is perfectly suited to help those who suffer from IBS, so ask your doctor to refer you to a hypnotist. Hypnosis could be used with or without any medication prescribed.

How does hypnosis help people with IBS?

The communication between the brain and our gut is not fully understood. Our brains control our central nervous system while our gut controls our enteric nervous system. The two systems communicate mainly through the Vagus nerve that passes through the neck and thorax to the abdomen.

The means of communication is the neuron and besides the neurons in our brains, millions of neurons are also in our gut which is sometimes called our little brain. In fact, there’s about as many neurons in our gut as in the brains of a cat or dog, and we all know how smart they are.

So Does My Stomach Think?

Not exactly, but some theorize when life began some of the simplest forms were nothing more than a digestive tract. All thought was for the purpose of getting food, digesting it, and releasing waste. The brains of our ancestors were pretty primitive but after the discovery of fire and cooking, food digested easier. Less energy being consumed for digestion meant that more energy could be directed for other purposes and our brains evolved. They developed millions more neurons and greater capacity without a significant change in our cranial structure.

Whether you believe in this theory or not is unimportant. What is important is that you recognize the communication and effect our brain has on our digestion processes. Several studies conducted from 1982 to the present show that hypnosis is effective for helping IBS sufferers. Hypnosis is ideally suited for helping relieve stress which could be a significant factor in aggravating IBS symptoms.

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