"Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the name doctors use to describe a collection of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance in the bowels. These include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.”
– The IBS Network
NICE Guidance for IBS Sufferers
If you have a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and medication has not relieved your IBS symptoms, it could be time for you to take the advice of NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), whose guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for GPs.
NICE says that IBS patients should be referred for a “psychological intervention” – a talking therapy – if they “do not respond to pharmacological treatments”.
One of the “psychological interventions” listed by NICE is hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy = hypnosis + therapy.
While being in hypnosis is not in itself therapeutic, the specific suggestions made to a hypnotised person are the therapy that can bring about profound changes for the better. This is the underlying principle of hypnotherapy and recent research confirms that hypnotic suggestions can effect positive change in physical and mental functions.
Research evidence demonstrates that specific IBS hypnotherapy treatments provide significant improvements in the symptoms troubling the majority of IBS sufferers.
To deliver what we believe to be the most effective hypnosis treatment for IBS we follow The North Carolina Protocol, which has been found to benefit more than 80 per cent of patients.
To read more about the protocol please click here
Despite the NICE recommendation that IBS patients should be referred for hypnotherapy and the growing support for hypnotherapy from many gastroenterologists, GP referrals are not yet the norm. Fortunately, “going private” for hypnotherapy is affordable, has no lengthy waiting list and requires only self-referral (after IBS has been medically diagnosed).