The symptoms of IBS are irritating to say the very least, and frequently more than just a little debilitating. There are millions of sufferers worldwide, and most have tried a wide variety of different treatments, only to find that their symptoms prevail. It has to be agreed that it is a very persistent ailment.
Treatment may take many different forms and the results vary from one individual to another. When one has a physical condition the immediate course of action is to visit your doctor and hope that he or she writes out a prescription. The doctor’s focus is upon providing you with something which will clear your symptoms. This is their primary focus. They do this within a framework of what drugs are available in the country they are in (remembering here that some drugs are approved by FDA in the USA but may not be in the UK or Europe and vice-versa) and also with an awareness of the cost and what an insurance company/the NHS will agree to pay for.
One should always be mindful of this type of limitation upon what treatment becomes available, or not, to cure your symptoms. A friend who has recently completed their masters in applied economics pointed out something else which is worth becoming aware of. In the USA the medical system is private and insurance based. The UK has a government subsidized National Health Service. This means that a doctor in the USA is paid for every visit which a patient makes, whilst in the UK a doctor gets paid a set salary irrespective of the number of patients he or she sees. The implications which flow from these different systems are quite great. The US system encourages a GP to simply look at the symptom and seek an immediate cure. The UK system encourages a GP to take a closer look at the CAUSE – if you can remove the cause them the patient will have a long term cure and thus not reappear in the waiting room time and time again.
Professor Peter Whorwell, a gastro-enterologist in Manchester, UK, has been researching the use of gut directed hypnosis for over 20 years and his clinical studies have shown impressive results. These methods have proven to be highly effective consistently, with a recent study showing the use of hypnotherapy and visualization techniques had helped 71% of patients for up to 5 years afterwards. Not only that, this method of treatment has been found to help relieve all of the symptoms whereas some of the drugs available only help reduce a few.
Hypnosis has thus been proven as a very powerful way in which to gain major relief from IBS over a long period of time. It is a normal and natural state and has no negative side effects at all. The only problem is in its availability to the public. The main issues which prevent its easy availability are in reality to do with the “system”. A drug can be tested to see that it is identical to another drug and drug companies spend a lot of money on research projects, and then the relevant authorities look over that research (once they have received a large fee) and decide whether or not to put it on the market. The time and money required to get a drug to the market place is phenomenal.
A hypnotherapy session cannot be standardized in this manner, although a hypnosis recording can. There is no system to quality control a cd like there is for a drug. And so, because there is no procedure for standardization, hypnosis remains something which is usually not available, either on the NHS or via your Insurance company, DESPITE the fact that has been proven to be so very effective in the treatment of IBS.
The good news for IBS sufferers is that you can now purchase hypnosis downloads to help relieve your IBS at very little cost, direct from the internet. Although clinical studies have shown that hypnosis would appear to be the best treatment for IBS, it is still a medical condition, and if you think you have IBS, then you must consult your doctor and take their advice on the best treatment for you. Treatment is a dynamic process, and must be tailored to suit each person. Hypnosis downloads are not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and the treatment which your doctor recommends. Hypnosis downloads should instead be viewed as complementary therapy.
Why is hypnosis so successful as a treatment for IBS? Your mind and body are intrinsically linked and as you use hypnosis you will find that you can use your mind to relax and control your body, and overcome your symptoms of IBS. Hypnosis is itself a state of relaxation, and provides access to your subconscious mind. As you relax in hypnosis, your body slows down and breathing deepens. Hypnosis is both normal and natural, and whilst you are in hypnosis you have access to your subconscious mind – the part which knows just what to do and how to do it, the part that acts automatically and spontaneously. Thus these special dynamics can be utilized to privilege beneficial intra-psychological communications. Hypnosis allows contact with the inner mind; it allows communication with deep physiological functions.
In learning to use the natural state of hypnosis you will be shown how to relax and employ powerful creative and symbolic visualization techniques to imagine relief from your symptoms, to influence and gain control of your stress response (in both a mental and a physical sense) and change the way in which the brain stimulates and moderates your gut activity. As you listen to hypnosis downloads you will be able to aid a return to normal gut functioning, and also to kick start your body’s natural ability to self heal.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis downloads for complementary health