IBS is often linked to stress and anxiety. Our brain and gut responses are intertwined via neural connections. When it comes down to the flight or fight survival response, the physical manifestations of tension and alertness will be felt strongly in our belly.
We also know that the gut produces a vast amount of the feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. The only other place where serotonin is produced is in the prefrontal cortex, in the intellectual part of the brain. Serotonin is a fussy neurotransmitter, it will only be produced under certain conditions, such as positive thoughts, interactions and activity. It is no surprise then to hear that being in a relaxed state best supports these processes. As a result, hypnotherapy is a very successful treatment for IBS because it’s primarily focused on complete relaxation.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”Amit Ray