Recent studies demonstrate the efficacy of Clinical Hypnotherapy for IBS.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that for many individuals has become long term. It affects the digestive system and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation.
The symptoms of IBS can fluctuate, and there may be times when the symptoms are particularly problematic and other times when there are no symptoms at all.
There are several types of IBS, and depending on the presenting main symptom. It is known by a variety of other names, but it is worth noting that some of these names misrepresent the condition. Colitis, for example, is an inflammation of the colon and this symptom isn't found in people with IBS.
Although IBS poses no serious threat to health, it can have an adverse effect on a person's quality of life. The exact causes of IBS are at this time, unknown.
IBS is one of the most common of the gastrointestinal conditions. It is estimated that approximatly 10-20% of the UK's population is affected by IBS at sometime, although this figure may be higher because many people with the condition do not report their symptoms to their GP.
IBS is twice as common in women as it is in men. The condition normally develops in people who are between 20 and 30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age.
While there is no cure for IBS, the symptoms can be controlled with lifestyle changes and current research has demonstrated that Clinical Hypnotherapy can have a profound positive impact on the quality of life for many who present with it (Miller and Whorwell 2008).