Does hypnosis help against irritable bowel syndrome?
18 December 2018
Based on a study among 354 adults, Carla Flik of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht concludes that hypnotherapy is effective for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Hypnotherapy can be applied individually and in groups with equal success. The latter makes hypnotherapy accessible to many more IBS patients and significantly reduces costs.
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a persistent and difficult to treat condition that can seriously affect the quality of life. Worldwide, about one in five people suffer from the symptoms of this condition, such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. For many sufferers, drug and dietary treatments are not successful. Psychological interventions have previously been proven effective but are only applied on a small scale due to a shortage of trained therapists. In addition, the studies that demonstrate effect have been conducted in highly...