- Stomach Ache to Depression and How Hypnotherapy Helps -

By Jamie Lewis on August 07, 2017

Gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome can result to depression and anxiety, a surprising study suggests. Experts from Stanford University have found out that short-term digestive irritation in life could have massive implications for mental health later on. More studies were conducted that pointed out a premise- that it affects the quality of life of the sufferers.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by severe abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits. In some cases, symptoms are relieved by bowel movement. IBS also includes lose bowels as in the case of a diarrhoea or sometimes, constipation.

Causes of IBS

Though the exact cause of IBS is unknown, studies show that parasitic infection; celiac disease; and mal-absorption may be related to IBS. Another assumption is that it is caused by dietary allergies or sensitivity to particular foods. The most common theory on IBS is that it is a disorder between the brain and gastrointestinal tract and could also be affected by the abnormalities in the immune system and gut flora.

IBS and depression

IBS may cause fatigue, chronic pain, and more terrible symptoms that lead to loss of concentration and absenteeism from work. IBS is also said to get worse during the menstrual period or when a person is stressed. Studies also show that IBS can cause psychological disorders (particularly depression) to individuals. According to a lead author Dr. Pankaj Pasricha, a lot research has focused on understanding how the mind can influence the body. A very surprising study saying that the roots of depression lie in the stomach was raised by Pierre Pallardy, a French alternative therapist and was thoroughly discussed in his book What your Stomach is Trying to Tell You. In the same book, he has tackled how stomach can cause or treat various physical and psychological illnesses.

Hypnosis to cure IBS

There is no precise treatment to IBS as it has is no exact cause. Treatments attempted to mitigate IBS symptoms are dietary adjustments, medication, and psychological interventions. Another interesting treatment now being introduced is the art of hypnosis. This conclusion was drawn from the research conducted by Dr. Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology. According to him, 100 people with IBS were treated by the use of hypnosis. Results then showed that 9 out of 10 patients have symptoms significantly improved 4 in every 10 patients of typical IBS ended up having no IBS symptoms at all. The study was first published in the 1980s but has not been widely known because doctors simply do not believe it works, said Dr. Valori.

One way on how Hypnosis can help treat IBS is its ability to eliminate stress. “Out of the relaxation therapies available, hypnotherapy is the most powerful.” Dr. Valori said. He assumes that relaxation can greatly works by helping patients to relax. Though there is no strong ground that supports hypnosis as treatment for IBS, NHS resort to it whenever medically accepted treatments or procedures did not work for some cases.

Challenges to Hypnotherapy

Even though the power of hypnosis has explicitly proven that it can actually treat IBS, the challenge lies on the question of scientific grounds. Many doctors still don’t believe that Hypnotherapy can be the cure for IBS. The Secretary of British Gastroenterology society- Dr. Charlie Murray has recognized the healing effect of Hypnosis to people suffering from IBS but does not consider it as the real solution to treat said disorder. According to him, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy depends on the skill and experience of the therapist practising it.

Even though, the imperative role of hypnotherapy to ease the pain of people suffering from IBS is indispensable. Aside from the fact that it does heals, this kind of treatment doesn’t cost much.

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