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IBS: Hypnotherapy Recommended By Leading Gastroenterologist
A leading expert in IBS, the editor of a specialist magazine for the British Medical Journal, has stated in a podcast to doctors: "there is no doubt in my mind that Hypnotherapy, in the right hands, is effective even in patients with severe forms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome".
During a wide ranging discussion of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in a BMJ Frontline Gastroenterology podcast on 18th March 2010, experts revealed that, in a significant proportion of cases, a hypnotherapist clears up IBS symptoms altogether.
The editor of the BMJ's Frontline Gastroenterology, Dr Roland Valori, said that research evidence which shows that a hypnotherapist could help sufferers of IBS, was first published in the 1980s. He thinks it has been widely ignored because "many doctors find it hard to believe that it does work or to comprehend how it could work". Dr Valori, who is the Consultant Gastroenterologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, recently won a prestigious NHS Leadership award.
Cutting out certain foodstuffs may help alleviate the problem, but this usually only works for a while, says Dr Valori. This is because dietary measures don't tackle the root cause - an overly sensitised gut. One of the best ways to do that is to use a hypnotherapist, he says.
He began referring IBS patients to hypnotherapists in the early 1990s and has found it to be highly effective. He conducted a medical audit into 100 IBS cases where hypnotherapy was used. He found that the hypnotherapist significantly improved symptoms in nine out of ten of them.
It stopped symptoms altogether in four out of ten, while the remainder said they felt more in control of their symptoms. "To be frank, I have never looked back," he said.
I see many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Most also have other anxiety or stress problems.