HYP­NO­SIS BEST WAY TO END IBS AGONY

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HYP­NO­SIS is twice as ef­fec­tive in treat­ing the painful symp­toms of ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome as other meth­ods, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study.

The men­tal ther­apy, which in­cludes sooth­ing im­agery and pro­gres­sive re­lax­ation tech­niques, helped 50 per­cent of test sub­jects find re­lief af­ter one year, say re­searchers from Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the Nether­lands.

IBS is an in­cur­able gas­troin­testi­nal dis­or­der that af­fects as much as 16 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion and typ­i­cally causes ab­dom­i­nal pain, vom­it­ing and bouts of di­ar­rhea and con­sti­pa­tion.

“We do not know ex­actly how gut-di­rected hyp­nother­apy works,” says study leader Dr. Carla Flik. “But it may change pa­tients’ mind­set and in­ter­nal cop­ing mech­a­nisms, en­abling them to in­crease their con­trol over au­to­nomic body pro­cesses, such as how they process pain and mod­u­late gut ac­tiv­ity.”

Gut-di­rected hyp­nother­apy to treat stom­ach is­sues can have last­ing ben­e­fits!

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