A recent study set out to determine whether hypnotherapy is effective for children who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP).
Researchers enrolled 53 children, ages 8 to 18, who'd had abdominal pain for at least a year, and split them into two treatment groups. The first group received standard medical care and 6 weeks of supportive therapy. The second group received 6 sessions of hypnotherapy over a 3-month period. Weekly pain diaries were kept during the treatment period and again at a 6-month and one-year follow-up. The diaries reflected pain frequency, pain intensity and other associated symptoms.
The results were very promising. Both groups showed a decrease in pain scores one year after treatment ended, with a significantly greater effect seen in the children who received hypnotherapy. Specifically, pain intensity scores decreased in the hypnotherapy group from 13.5 to 1.3, while scores in the standard medical care group decreased from 14.1 to 8.0. Pain frequency decreased from 13.5 to 1.1 in the hypnotherapy group, as compared to 14.4 to 9.3 in the children who received standard medical care.
The researchers concluded that 85% of the children who received hypnotherapy had a successful treatment outcome, their pain having dropped by over 80%; only 25% of the group who received standard care experienced this result. Clearly, it has been shown in this study that hypnotherapy is an extremely helpful treatment option for children who experience chronic abdominal pain from either IBS or FAP.
Hypnotherapy continues to stand head and shoulders above any other complimentary therapy in virtually every trial that is conducted and yet science still mostly dismisses the evidence or suggests “further research”. Surely the fact that people can sometimes make incredible changes in their lives with hypnotherapy, simply the power of words and belief, should be embraced?
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