Do You Have IBS?
If you have been diagnosed with IBS and are finding little or no relief from your symptoms with medication and/or dietary changes, then hypnotherapy, or more specifically Gut Directed Hypnosis, could be the answer to controlling your symptoms.
Hypnotherapy is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a recommended treatment for IBS symptoms where the above criteria are met. NICE's role is to improve outcomes for those using the NHS, which it does by producing evidence-based guidance and advice. This recognition and recommendation by NICE was largely the result of the pioneering research of Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology based in Manchester, which showed that the majority of IBS sufferers who had hypnotherapy specifically focused on their symptoms found significant and long lasting levels of relief from those symptoms. Professor Whorwell devised a specific form of hypnotherapy which became known as gut-directed hypnotherapy, or GDH.
IBS is not a disease, but a functional disorder of the gut. GDH addresses the miscommunication which has occurred between the brain (the central nervous system) and the gut (digestive system) and the aim of the programme is to put you in control of your symptoms, rather than having your symptoms control you. The approach uses hypnosis, suggestion, guided imagery and relaxation to produce a therapeutic effect. Over a series of 6 sessions, spread over a number of months, a client will be taught how to re-train the brain and the gut to work in harmony, significantly reducing the symptoms of their IBS. A crucial part of this programme is the daily use by the client of a recording, which I will provide. It must be stressed that lasting significant improvement will only be possible if the client is willing and able to use this recording (which will normally be no longer than 15 minutes long) daily.
The complete programme costs £385, payable in full at or in advance of the first session. There may well be NHS funding available for GDH. Please enquire with your GP and refer him or her to NICE guideline CG61.