I've discovered a wonderful resource for people looking for more information on how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to treat IBS. Its from Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D. and he's done a great job!
It highlights twenty studies done on irritable bowel syndrome treated with hypnosis which can be found over here: http://www.ibshypnosis.com/IBSresearch.html
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I have blogged about this subject before. Patients that undergo bariatric weight loss surgery may be at increased risk for substance use (drug use, alcohol use and cigarette smoking) following surgery, particularly among patients who undergo laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery who appear to be at increased risk for alcohol use following surgery, according to a report published Online First byArchives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication (read the article here).
Most people don't understand why this is the case, but all good "regress to cause" hypnotists/hypnotherapists do! Being overweight almost always has something to do with a subconscious need for protection, or a fear or insecurity of some kind. These people people find security in food as it reminds them of the security they felt while being fed as a baby and then growing up. Once surgery removes this crutch, the fear/insecurity remains and another crutch is sought and found in drug use, alcohol use and cigarette smoking.
Some hypnotherapists will offer a hypnotic gastric band which is even more effective than the actual surgery, but probably come with the same risk unless the underlying subconscious insecurity has been dealt with. Nothing deals with subconscious insecurities faster than "regress to cause" hypnosis and a competent hypnotherapist.
Imagine yourself lying on an operating table in a humid hospital tent near a battle front during the Vietnam War. Writhing in agony, you plead with the medics to give you something to relieve the pain in your leg. But the supply lines were interrupted hours ago and there is no more anesthetic. What's more, the leg can't be saved. If they don't operate immediately, you hear someone saying in the background, you're going to bleed to death.
Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/the-trouble-hypnosis
Professor Fabienne Roelants and Dr. Christine Watremez, from the Department of Anesthesiology at the Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc, UCL, in Brussels, Belgium, found, that by using a combination of hypnosis and local anesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery, patients can avoid general anesthesia. That, the scientists said in a media statement, can aid the healing process, reduce drug use, shorten time spent in the hospital -- and it could help cancer patients avoid cancer recurrence and the spread of cancer (metastasis), too.
A study at Baylor University in Texas showed an improvement of up to 74% for women with hot flushes when hypnosis was used for 12 weeks.
There's no magic, no swinging pendulums or swaying watches, and no one is counting backwards as they slump into unconsciousness. This is medical rather than stage or movie hypnotism, and it is increasingly being used to treat the symptoms of diseases and conditions as diverse as asthma, cystic fibrosis, snoring, migraines and warts.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hypnotism-its-all-in-the-mind-434295.html
A study in Sweden found that hypnotherapy can help many people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) alleviate their symptoms.
Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254302.php
Kate Middleton's acute morning sickness was brought to the public eye when she was checked into a hospital in December, and a report has now surfaced that she's turning to hypnotherapy as a way to overcome her negative associations with food, an Australian tabloid is reporting.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/kate-middleton-hypnotherapy-morning-sickness-pregnant_n_2534696.html
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.