Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, is a digestive system condition which can cause a range of symptoms including stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. It is a common condition and is believed to affect around one in five people at some point during their lifetime.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it is believed to be related to increased sensitivity of the digestive system and problems with digestion. This means that someone with IBS may be more sensitive to gut-related pain or discomfort and they may experience symptoms such as diarrhoea or constipation as food passes through the digestive system either too rapidly or too slowly. Psychological factors such as stress or anxiety may also play a part in IBS.
Although there are a range of drug treatments available, there is currently no known cure for IBS. A number of therapies, diet and lifestyle changes can help to reduce or manage the symptoms. Hypnotherapy is now recognised as a therapy option for IBS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Clinical studies have also found hypnotherapy to be an effective treatment for IBS by using relaxation, visualisation and hypnosis to teach relaxation and pain control techniques, manage stress and increase confidence.
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