I thought I would share this article with you from the University of Manchester
It is from the Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2008 Jun;64(6):621- 3. Epub 2008 Apr 28. Links.
The word colonic refers to the bowel.
Here is even more information to share with the doctors so that they will refer to the hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome: the response of colonic and noncolonic symptoms.
University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. peter.whorwell@ manchseter. ac.uk
There is now good evidence that hypnotherapy benefits a substantial proportion of patients
with irritable bowel syndrome and that improvement is maintained for many years. Most
patients seen in secondary care with this condition also suffer from a wide range of
noncolonic symptoms such as backache and lethargy, as well as a number of
musculoskeletal, urological, and gynacological problems. These features do not typically
respond well to conventional medical treatment approaches, but fortunately, their intensity
is often reduced by hypnosis. The mechanisms by which hypnosis mediates its benefit are
not entirely clear, but there is evidence that, in addition to its psychological effects, it can
modulate gastrointestinal physiology, alter the central processing of noxious stimuli, and
even influence immune function.