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A recent article (beware, paywall) in the Wall Street Journal–yes, that Wall Street Journal–dives into the growing body of evidence that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for digestive issues like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. 

“Studies have shown hypnotherapy is effective reducing symptoms associated with these gastrointestinal disorders,” the article states. “Experts theorize that hypnotherapy works because many gastrointestinal disorders are affected by a faulty connection between the brain and the gut, or digestive tract. The gut and brain are in constant communication. When something disrupts that communication, the brain misinterprets normal signals, which can cause the body to become hypersensitive to stimuli detected by nerves in the gut, causing pain. Experts believe hypnosis shifts the brain’s attention away from those stimuli by providing healthy suggestions about what’s going on in the gut.”

Here at Twin Pines Hypnotherapy, we have experience working with clients who are struggling with digestive issues, in addition to other chronic issues, including pain. Please note, hypnotherapy for medical conditions does require a doctor referral.

Studies have shown hypnotherapy is effective reducing symptoms associated with these gastrointestinal disorders.