Group Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy & Reducing IBS Symptoms: The Evidence-Based Approach

Mar 12, 2023

If you're one of the millions of people who suffer from the chronic pain, bloating, and discomfort of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you know just how challenging it can be to find an effective treatment. While there are various treatment options available, including medications, supplements, and dietary changes, many people still struggle to find relief from their symptoms. One promising gut-brain therapy that has been gaining popularity in recent years is gut-directed hypnotherapy, and there have been several studies that demonstrate its effectiveness.

Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that addresses the miscommunication between the brain and gut, and restore healthy gut function using hypnosis. This evidence based approach has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. It reduces hypersensitivity in the gut, helps reduce food fears, anxiety and stress. Gut-directed hypnotherapy can also be done in a group setting, providing a supportive and safe environment to heal together, and it's also a more cost-effective option than private hypnotherapy sessions.

Research is showing...

A study conducted in 2018 found that six sessions of individual or group hypnotherapy could significantly improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. In the study, half of the participants who received hypnotherapy reported significant improvements in their symptoms, compared to only 23% of the control group who received education about IBS.

Another study involved 75 participants who were randomly assigned to receive either group hypnotherapy or a control treatment. After 12 weeks, participants who received group hypnotherapy reported significant improvements in their IBS symptoms compared to the control group. 

This is great news for those who suffer from IBS, as group gut-directed hypnotherapy has been found to be a safe and effective treatment option, and there is a growing body of research supporting its effectiveness. With the help of a trained clinical hypnotherapist, people can learn how to find deeper relief from their IBS symptoms, and get control back over their lives. If you're struggling with the pain and discomfort of IBS, group gut-directed hypnotherapy may be worth considering as a safe and effective treatment option.

If you're interested in exploring the benefits of group gut-directed hypnotherapy for managing your IBS symptoms, we invite you to join our upcoming group program. Our expert clinical hypnotherapist will guide you through the process and provide support every step of the way. 

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