Your Ultimate Guide to hypnotherapy and its uses
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A fantastic overview of research into using hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS
Irritable bowel Syndrome affects 10-20% of people, both men and women, in the uk.
IBS is the name given to a longstanding illness consisting of frequent abdominal discomfort and bowel symptoms that cannot be explained by any other disease.
It is an illness of the whole person, not just the body, but the mind and how you feel about yourself. Therefore hypnotherapy can be of great benefit as the research suggests.
The first Whorwell study in 1984 showed a significant decrease in distension, pain and bowel habit plus a marked increase in general wellbeing.
Another Whorwell study in 1996 compared 25 severe IBS patients treated with hypnosis to 25 patients with similar symptom severity treated with other methods, and demonstrated that in addition to significant improvement in all central IBS symptoms, hypnotherapy recipients had fewer visits to doctors, lost less time from work than the control group, and rated their quality of life more improved. Those patients who had been unable to work prior to treatment resumed employment in the hypnotherapy group but not in the control group. The study is notable in that it quantified the substantial economic benefits and improvement in health-related quality of life which results from hypnotherapy for IBS on top of clinical symptom improvement.
In this study in 2003, 204 IBS patients treated with a course of hypnotherapy completed questionnaires about symptoms, quality of life, anxiety, and depression before, immediately after, and up to six years following the treatment. Of all the treated patients, 71% showed improvement in response to treatment initially, and of those, 81% were still fully improved when re-contacted up to five years later. Quality of life and anxiety or depression scores were also still significantly improved at follow-up but showed some deterioration. Patients also reported fewer doctor visits rates and less medication use long-term after hypnosis treatment. These results indicate that for most patients the benefits from hypnotherapy last at least five years.
Two studies taken in 2004 also showed that as well as improvements in IBS symptoms, patients also noticed improvements in general wellbeing, anxiety and depression.
To read the whole overview of research into iBS and hypnotherapy follow the link below...
A couple of research articles about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for weight loss...
Hypnosis is more than 30x more effective for weight loss
Cochrane et al conducted a study into hypnosis and weight loss with 60 female participants who were more than 20% overweight. He divided the participants into 2 groups, one who received hypnosis treatment, and a control group who did not receive any hypnosis.
Results showed that the group who received the hypnosis lost more weight. Each participant on average losing 17lbs over the course of the study, compared to women in the control group losing only 0.5lbs
Cochrane concluded that hypnosis can make your weight loss efforts more than 30x more effective.
Hypnosis enhances weight loss substantially over time
Kirsch and Irving compared 100s of studies where either cognitive-behavioral treatment, or cognitive-behavioral treatment with hypnosis too was used (with weight loss being the goal) in a meta analysis.
Their analysis showed that on average after the final follow-ups, the average weight loss was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis (with just cognitive-behavioral treatment) and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) when hypnosis was used.
They concluded that when hypnosis is used it is likely to lead to more than double the weight loss than if just cognitive-behavioral treatment alone was employed. They also summarized that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.