Hypnotherapy helping ulcerative colitis
Thursday 21st May, 2009
A new study has suggested that patients with Ulcerative Colitis, a gastro-intestinal disease, may be able to boost their health and quality of life with hypnotherapy.
Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic bowel disease that cause inflammation and ulcers in the colon and rectum. Symptoms of the condition include diarrhoea that contains blood and mucus as well as fatigue, fever and abdominal pain.
The condition is typically diagnosed in people during their late twenties and early thirties. Flare-ups of the condition are similar to a stomach bug and can last for several weeks
A study carried out by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involved participants with Ulcerative Colitis being treated with hypnotherapy to see if the time between flare-ups could be extended. Current treatments for the condition involve daily prescription drugs, steroids or in extreme cases removal of the colon.
Findings from the study showed that some participants were able to enjoy social events such as dining out and exercise more often after receiving hypnotherapy.
So far, 27 people have been enrolled in the study and have received eight weeks of hypnosis including listening to relaxation tapes. 80 more patients will be enrolled into the study over the next three years tracking their progress over the course of a year.
Over the first year of treatment only two out of twelve subjects have had a relapse in their condition whereas this would normally occur to all 12 within the course of a year.
Researchers have been encouraged by these numbers specifically as many people will suffer a flare up at least twice a year.
The main aim of the study is to learn if hypnotherapy can help Ulcerative Colitis patients to manage stress and take control of their health. Managing stress is an important factor in controlling inflammatory bowel diseases. (Learn more about understanding stress and how to control it here).