Medical issues can also be dealt with using hypnosis, but it is recommended that it is undertaken in conjunction with medical plan formed with your GP. It may seem illogical that something like hypnotherapy, a non physical treatment, could deal with Medical issues, but the premise is based on the ability for the mind to not only influence how we mentally feel but also as a healing agent for the body too. There is considerable evidence that hypnotherapy can support medical issues.
The use of hypnotherapy is supported by the NICE NHS guidelines for Pain management (including childbirth) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In addition, the use of Hypnotherapy for Migraines, Skin conditions, Pain Management, Dental phobia, Bruxism (Teeth Grinding), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stuttering and Sleep Disorders including Insomnia.
Irritable bowel syndrome
IBS is a bowel related disorder, symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help IBS suffers by reducing stress levels, something commonly cited as a contributary factor in irritable bowel syndrome.
A recent study conducted at NHS Withington Hospital Gonsalkorale& Whorwell followed 204 patients for up to six years. Researchers asked patients to score their IBS symptoms, as well as their overall quality of life, and levels of depression and anxiety immediately before hypnotherapy and after the treatment. They also responded to a mailed questionnaire sent at least a year and no more than six years after treatment ended. The hypnotherapy course consisted of 12-weekly, one-hour sessions.