Are you feeling irritable? IBS and what to do about it

You are not alone, up to eight million people in Britain suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms of IBS can be variable and include abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, tiredness, backache, muscle pains and sometimes bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Although IBS is very common, the cause is unknown.

IBS can affect anyone at any age, but it commonly first develops in young adults and teenagers and is twice as common in women as in men.

Some people have occasional mild symptoms. While others have unpleasant symptoms for long periods. Many people fall somewhere in between, with flare-ups of symptoms from time to time.

IBS is not a disease. Although the symptoms of IBS may be severe, the disorder itself is not a serious one. There is no actual disease in the colon. Rather, it is a problem of abnormal function.

So what can you do if you have IBS? Reviewing your diet can be a first simple step. Certain foods such as coffee, alcohol, spices, raw fruits, vegetables, and even milk, are common triggers so avoiding them can make a big difference.

Virtually everyone has had, at one time or another, some change in bowel function or stomach discomfort when under intense stress, such as before a presentation or exam. So it is the interaction between the brain and the gut that hypnotherapy can help with.

Have a look at Medical News Today to see the evidence for a hypnotherapy based approach.

If you have IBS but are unsure about using hypnotherapy why not try our free relaxation download first, and see how you get on.