The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Research that Reveals Hypnotherapy can Help with Indigestion

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Researchers in Manchester have discovered that hypnotherapy could help with symptoms of indigestion.


A team of researchers from Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester have discovered that a group of patients with indigestion got more relief from hypnotherapy than another group taking a standard drug treatment, reports Tele-Management on August 3.

The team had previously shown that hypnotherapy can be effective in treating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome but have now discovered that hypnotherapy treatment also works the same for functional dyspepsia which is a form of indigestion which causes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and feelings of fullness.

In the research, a group of 126 patients with FD were offered hypnotherapy, acid-suppressant drugs or counselling with a physician. Following the treatment for 16 weeks, they were followed up for a further 40 weeks.

Of those in the hypnotherapy group, 73% said their symptoms had improved compared to 34% of those given counselling and 43% of those given drug therapy. No hypnotherapy patients needed medication after their treatment and needed fewer doctor visits.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy connects members of the general public with professional, skilled hypnotists throughout the UK who are qualified to help with a wide range of issues such as stopping smoking, weight loss and anxiety. A spokesperson from the company said:

“The results from this research present some interesting findings and another way hypnotherapy can help treat physical conditions. Hypnosis is already known to help treat IBS, eczema, acne and psoriasis and now from the looks of this research it can also help with indigestion. Many physical conditions can be intensified by underlying stress or anxiety, but hypnosis could help you deal with this and in turn nullify the symptoms.”

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members. Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites. As one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop standards for the benefit of the profession, now and into the future.

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