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How to Cope with IBS Using Hypnotherapy


IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, can be a challenging condition to cope with. It can make you feel anxious and depressed and make you nervous about eating certain foods. However, hypnotherapy is one way to help relieve your symptoms and gain more control over your IBS.

What is IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that affects the large intestine. It can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. If you have IBS you may also experience pain in your abdomen or back.

IBS isn't life-threatening but it may be uncomfortable to deal with at times. It's not contagious either; it just means that your digestive system does not function normally for reasons that aren't fully understood yet by scientists or doctors alike.

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What are the main symptoms of IBS?

  • Pain in the stomach area that lasts for at least 12 weeks in a row. The pain can come on suddenly or be milder and last longer; it may also change over time (e.g., getting worse after eating).

  • Diarrhoea (loose stools) or constipation (no stools) with at least one other symptom from this list: passing mucus with stool; feeling like you need to go shortly after having gone; passing gas with stool; feeling like you aren't emptying your bowels completely when you have a bowel movement.

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Who gets IBS

IBS is more common in women than men and it can affect anyone of any age, but it's most likely to affect people who have family members with IBS.

What are the conventional treatments for IBS

There are several conventional treatments for IBS. These include:

  • Drugs, such as antidiarrheal agents or antidepressants. For example, alosetron (Lotronex) was approved by the FDA in 2000 for treating severe diarrhea-predominant IBS in women who have not responded to other medications. Doctors may also prescribe loperamide (Imodium AD), which helps control diarrhea but doesn't treat cramps or abdominal pain caused by IBS.

  • Surgery to remove part of your colon if you have severe symptoms that don't respond to other therapies and medications (this is known as a colectomy). This option should only be considered after all other treatments have failed because there's a risk of complications such as infection and bleeding after surgery; however, it can improve quality of life significantly if done correctly

What are some alternative treatments for IBS

There are many alternative treatments for IBS. These can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments, or on their own.

  • Hypnotherapy - hypnosis is a powerful tool for helping you to cope with IBS, as it enables you to change your thoughts and behaviors that may be causing or exacerbating symptoms.

  • Acupuncture - acupuncture has been shown effective in treating many gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It involves inserting thin needles into specific points along meridians (energy pathways) on the body, which stimulates the flow of chi through these channels so as to restore balance within the body's systems.*

  • Yoga - yoga is another great way of managing stress levels which often contribute towards symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and constipation/diarrhea associated with IBS

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It's important to remember that IBS is a chronic condition, and there's no way to cure it. You can't control your digestive system, but what you can control is how you react to the symptoms of IBS. Negative thoughts about your IBS and what you should or shouldn't be doing will only make things worse.

Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and can help you cope with negative thoughts by teaching you how to let go of the past and focus on what matters most in life: enjoying life today!


If you're suffering from IBS and feel like there's nothing left to do but suffer with it, try hypnotherapy. It may not cure your condition, but it will certainly help you feel better about living with it. And that's an important step in being able to live life as normally as possible!

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