I saw on Twitter today a new research study on the effectiveness of Gut Directed Hypnotherapy for IBS. Gut directed what?
|I'm not sure how this is relaxing.|
Hypnotherapy involves deep relaxation combined with a "post hypnotic suggestion" that targets the problem area - so with IBS, it targets pain, discomfort, and motility in your digestive system. You are always in control of your experience. I like to describe it to people as the state we all get into right before we fall asleep, where our mind is quiet and we're just about to drift off. Hypnotherapy can be effective in treating chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, migraine, and even overeating that leads to obesity. I've heard of dentists who use it with people in lieu of anesthesia (Yikes!). But what about its role in treating IBS and other chronic digestive problems?
Dr. Olafur Palsson at the University of North Carolina is a pioneer in the development of the effective use of hypnotherapy to treat IBS. While at Northwestern, I became certified in hypnotherapy and learned the "Palsson Protocol" and witnessed first-hand how powerful of a treatment this can be. Caveat: It doesn't work for everyone, but most people I've done hypnotherapy with have received some benefit. Some have had complete remission of their symptoms, while others described them as more tolerable. Not too long ago I received an email from a former client about how hypnotherapy had helped her GI symptoms immensely:
For two years prior to our meeting I suffered tremendously with symptoms of my Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. The effects of the disease on my digestive tract made me miserable. Difficulty with swallowing made it almost impossible to eat, drink, or sleep. The throat discomfort prevented me from speaking most of the time. Dr. X was my last hope in easing some of my misery. I am so grateful to the two of you! It took just three weeks to notice a vast improvement in my comfort level. And now, one year later, I continue to practice the therapy every day.
Hypnotherapy can help. It's not for everyone, so finding a practitioner who is trained in using it specifically for IBS or other health issues is key. There are a lot of people out there who claim to be hypnotherapists and the level of training (and quality/lack of weirdness) can vary considerably.
|I aim not to have a heart attack mid session.|