I recently heard about other, original ways to help with IBS symptoms. Having discovered the power of hypnotherapy, and having seen that it is often cited as an IBS treatment, I will give it a go in the months to come. But because so many misconceptions exist about it, I decided to devote a whole article on the subject.
Hypnotherapy: the myths, the truth
A lot of people still have the "new-age, kind of crap" idea about hypnosis, although being clever, educated persons. We grow up with the idea that hypnosis is this magical, mystical art that allows the hypnotist to manipulate the subject to his will, imitate a duck, give all his money, run off screaming when hearing a specific word or whatsoever. Plainly wrong.
So, to finish with the myths:
- You remain totally conscious under hypnosis
- You do not get hypnotised by someone else, you hypnotise yourself. If you don't want it, it won't happen.
- You can NOT be forced to do something against your will.
- Hypnosis works best with clever people, you don't have to be weak-minded or easily influenced.
- this is not some new fashion, but often used in hospitals, by psychologists. It is however a relatively new approach, that we do not yet fully understand.
- Hypnosis is a totally normal, harmless state, that happens to us almost everyday. Ever had the feeling you did not see time go by while thinking of something? Hypnotic state.
"Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium.""Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."
On the whole, studies show that hypnotherapy works on 90% of the patients. So if you are willing to give a try, it will almost certainly work for you.
Hypnosis is nothing more than a sort of relaxation, where the unconscious mind can be addressed to. But why use it for IBS?
How will this help me with IBS?
Here is the interesting part. The brain can actually influence the way your body works. If you have been suffering from IBS for a long time, you have certainly noticed it: If you are stressed, you are very likely to suffer from an IBS crisis. Ever felt stomach pain just before going outside for a long period, where no toilet would be available? Ever had a crisis before speaking in public (number one fear according to a study by the way, death comes in second position)? If that sounds familiar, and it certainly does to me, Hypnotherapy could be the way to go, by "reprogramming" this stress-crisis link.
All you need is to find an audio program.
What should I look for?
Well, the basic tool would be an hypnotherapy tape against stress, since this is a classical use of this approach. But there are specific programs regarding health and IBS. I heard about those two:
- IBS audio program 100: Expensive, but really IBS oriented. Comments on amazon are really encouraging. A 100 days program with various hypnotic courses.
- Heal Yourself With Medical Hypnosis: A generic approach to health using hypnosis. A few guidelines concerning IBS, but you will have to document yourself a little to make it a real hypnosis program.
Naturally, if you can find and afford a real hypnotherapist, the results will be even better.