Over the last decade, scientists have speculated that our intestinal linings contain certain cells that are exactly the same molecular structure as brain cells. From there, the scientists make the logical and seemingly feasible assumption that our guts act as a second brain in the body, even dispensing orders and signals to other cells.
A study published last year in the American Journal of Gastroenterology gives credence to the “second-brain” nature of the gut—and, perhaps even more surprisingly, the study gives some major props to the healing power of hypnotherapy.
Forget the hypnotist at the county fair. British researchers have shown that one 50-minute hypnosis session can significantly reduce the inflammation associated with ulcerative colitis in the colon and rectum, which is as disruptive to quality of life as it sounds with abdominal pain and chronic diarrhoea. In the study, admittedly small, the researchers administered a 50-minute session of “gut-focused” hypnotherapy to 17 patients with ulcerative colitis. The hypnotherapy was designed to reduce inflammation and encourage relaxation. A control group of eight patients with colitis were allowed to listen to music of their choice as their “therapy.”
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. Contrary to myth and popular belief at no time during the session are you in a trance or unaware of your surroundings, instead you are in a very relaxed state of mind.
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