IBS isn't a life-threatening condition, but it's an uncomfortable nuisance, with symptoms including abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, food intolerances, constipation or diarrhea.
Some medical experts tend to think that people with IBS tend to have stressful habits such as negative thinking patterns which can make them anxious and heighten symptoms. IBS patients also tend to have poor coping skills, which causes them to react more stressfully to life's ups and downs. "These people spend a lot of time in their head, engaging in worrisome thinking," says researcher Dr. Jeffrey M. Lackner, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, SUNY.
What's more, "patients with the more severe form of IBS may have heightened sensitivity to the side effects of medications [prescribed for the condition]," noted Dr. Emeran Mayer, a Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
How can Hypnosis help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Hypnotherapy can assist each client on an individual basis, whether one's symptoms derives from stressful or negative thinking, food intolerances, or the experience of pain, constipation or diarrhea.