One in five of us will experience irritable bowel syndrome during our lifetime, yet many of us think medication and lifestyle changes are our only options. But could hypnotherapy be the game-changer?
At some point or another, we’ve all experienced an upset tummy. The discomfort, the inconvenience, the embarrassment – but at least it’s temporary. Yet for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms can be sporadic, leaving many feeling anxious about when – and how – it could next flair up.
What causes IBS?
There’s still much we don’t know about IBS. While there doesn’t seem to be a genetic cause, the most common triggers can often be bouts of food poisoning or gastroenteritis. For many, once they have exhibited symptoms, other factors such as stress, eating at irregular times, or having an abnormal diet can all provoke symptoms. Over time, intense feelings of anxiety or stress can start to worsen symptoms.