Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is both debilitating and painful. Crohn’s and Colitis are conditions that come under the term called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). According to research it is not preventable but the unwanted symptoms of Crohn’s disease may be managed and even lessened by adopting various lifestyle practices.
Some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal pain, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and weight loss. Currently there isn’t a known cure available so patients are encouraged to manage their symptoms.
Stress, Anxiety Triggers Crohn’s Symptoms
Patients who have developed Crohn’s diseases report that their symptoms are exacerbated by stress and anxiety. It therefore follows that if patients are offered stress management knowledge and techniques to reduce their stress, they are more likely to keep the symptoms under control and suffer fewer flare ups.
Amongst the treatment options are a drug regime to reduce inflammation in the affected areas of the digestive tract, including the bowels. Some drugs are also aimed at affecting the immune system which is believed to be overreacting and causing the problem. Another option is surgery. The surgery removes the section of the digestive system that is inflamed.
Other medications used to help Crohn’s patients are aimed at healing ulcers, boosting iron deficiency and reducing diarrhoea.
Some of these drugs have side-effects however it is vital that you should stay with the advice of your doctor and report any reactions that are not expected.
Managing Symptoms and Stress Reduction
Typically of a digestive disorder, and as has already been mentioned, stress, anxiety and worry can cause the body to react in a way that increases or re-starts painful and distressing symptoms. When we worry or become stressed about anything, the stomach can produce more acid that may then lead to ulcers. Excess stomach acid can irritate existing ulcers and any already sensitive and inflamed tissue.
Self Hypnosis Can Ease Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
Hypnosis, and particular self hypnosis can help reduce stress, bringing about a state of calmness and lessen the body’s overreaction. Hypnotherapy for Colitis, Crohn’s disease or any of the other digestive tract disorders typically helps to manage the symptoms which are affected by stress, allowing people to get on with living their lives.
A hospital in Manchester has been using self hypnosis to great effect in helping their patients with digestive disorders to control and manage their symptoms. A cure for Crohn’s disease may not be available yet but self hypnosis offers a way of learning to relax and reducing any need to get overly stressed about life’s unexpected events.
Typically your hypnotherapist will ask you for background information about your symptoms whether from the two main forms of IBD: Colitis or Crohn’s disease, and will work with the medical treatment you are currently receiving. Hypnosis should be viewed as an adjunct to your medical treatment and not as a replacement.
Most hypnotherapists will provide you with a self hypnosis recording or teach you self hypnosis to help you release your stress, feel calmer and keep your Crohn’s disease or Colitis symptoms in check.
Steven Harold BA(Hons) DCH DHP
Clinical Hypnotherapist – Derby, Nottingham