Dyspepsia is a very common gastrointestinal disorder and while researchers and doctors are not sure what the underlying causes are, research has found hypnotherapy has helped treat the symptoms of the disorder.
The major symptom of dyspepsia is upper abdominal pain which is not caused by a type of disease. The symptoms often overlap with irritable bowel syndrome and researchers believe that both could be a result of the same disorder. Some theories as to what causes dyspepsia include acid secretion, stiff stomach, delayed stomach emptying, and stomach hypersensitivity.
When diagnosing dyspepsia, other disorders must be ruled out and treatment often depends on patients symptoms. With hypnosis already being shown to be a highly effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome this study aimed to research the effect of hypnosis on dyspepsia symptoms.
The study consisted of 126 participants diagnosed with functional dyspepsia who received hypnotherapy, supportive therapy and placebo, or medical treatment. Symptoms were analyzed before treatment began, after the 16-week treatment, and during a 56-week follow-up.
Results showed that the hypnotherapy group saw more improvement in the short-term (16 weeks) compared to the therapy and medication groups. Looking at the long-term results, the hypnotherapy group showed significantly improved symptoms.
Of the participants in the study, 73% of those in the hypnosis group reported improvement, compared to 34% of the therapy group and 43% of the medicine group.
Hypnosis is often overlooked for use in medical treatments due to misconceptions and very few doctors being trained in hypnotherapy. However, due to the effective treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with hypnosis, multiple studies have been conducted involving hypnosis and the treatment of upper digestive function and dyspepsia.
Hypnosis works effectively to treat dyspepsia due to the therapeutic nature of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy gives the dyspepsia sufferer the power to focus their attention on healing the pained areas. It has also been shown to speed up the emptying of the stomach. Shortening gastric emptying helps ease the symptoms of dyspepsia and improves the quality of life for the dyspepsia sufferer.
Hypnotherapy is a natural form of treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in reducing dyspepsia symptoms, over the short and long term.
Using hypnosis for gastrointestinal disorders
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