How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (by Dr Claire Jack, April 2020),
Usually, when we think about our brain, we are thinking about the Central Nervous System (CNS), which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. However, it’s also useful to consider the role of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). … the CNS and the ENS are very closely connected by the vagus nerve which runs from the base of the brain, through the neck, and into the stomach, reaching all the way to the gut. Research into the brain-gut axis has shown that stress can inhibit the signals sent through the vagus nerve and cause gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS.
Using imagery and positive suggestion, research has shown that hypnotherapy can reduce hypersensitivity in the gut and positively affect motor function. More recent research has also shown that hypnotherapy can help people to identify and modify the negative emotional responses which are causing or exacerbating their IBS. By experiencing, under hypnosis, the effects of this helpful emotional response, and by following up the work done during sessions with self-hypnosis and relaxation, people have experienced improvement in their IBS symptoms.