A course of hypnotherapy may help to cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), new studies have found.
A study from Manchester University suggests that hypnosis may help as a treatment for IBS. Dailymail.co.uk reports that symptoms were improved in over 75 per cent of both men and women who had a course of the therapy. The effects also lasted for five or more years.
Pioneer of the treatment at Manchester, Professor Peter Whorwell said: "Hypnotherapy offers patients a 60 to 75 per cent chance of substantial reduction in their symptoms that can last many years."
The treatment has also shown to be successful for children suffering from IBS as well. A study undertaken by German researchers found children were more likely to have clinical remission at three months, compared to those who didn't have the hypnotherapy.
Gastroenterologyupdate.com reported that the children studied were aged between six and 12, and 55 per cent of them entered remission after hypnotherapy, compared to just six per cent of them who were put onto a waiting list.
The authors, from the University of Tubingen, published their findings in the European Journal of Pediatric and also discovered that the treated children had lower, less frequent pain, intensity and duration, compared with controls.