The term IBS covers a number of uncomfortable - but not life-threatening - problems within the digestive tract (the route through which food passes on the way from the stomach to the rectum). A disorder of the normal intestinal motion can lead to symptoms such as heartburn, erratic bowel movements (including diarrhoea and/or constipation), painful abdominal cramps, painful wind, temporary bloating, embarrassing gurgling sounds, short stabbing pains in the rectal area and an urgent need to open the bowels, particularly after eating breakfast. According to studies of IBS, these symptoms are twice as common in women as in men.1

How to relieve symptoms
There is no real cure for IBS but there are things you can do to reduce its effects. Avoid foods that can trigger diarrhoea, such as caffeine, spicy foods, milk and alcohol. Eat plenty of fibre-rich fruit and vegetables to help relieve constipation, and drink lots of fluids, including water (six to eight glasses/1.2 litres a day). It's also useful to keep a diary to see what events trigger bouts of IBS, so that you can identify if stress is a factor. Regular exercise can help relieve stress and relaxation or stress management techniques may also be effective in managing the condition. If you think you may have IBS, see your doctor to have the diagnosis confirmed.

Treating ibs with Hypnosis & hypnotherapy

Hypnosis helps to desensitise the body to stress and anxieties as well as any pain experienced. Pain is often caused and is aggravated by tension. Hypnosis can be effective in relieving pain and discomfort by allowing the mind to relax producing physical comfort.

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