The functioning of the gastrointestinal system is particularly susceptible to the influence of mental states especially stressful conditions. Stress can have very damaging effects on stomach and bowel function as many people will have experienced during difficult times in their lives. Problems of digestion, peptic ulcer and a variety of other gastrointestinal problems have been shown to be helped by hypnosis. In the case of organic conditions hypnosis may be used to help with various symptoms of the problem, following consultation with their physician by the client. Medical studies have shown that hypnotherapy is an effective method to alleviate distressing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for many sufferers.
Hypnosis can reduce or eliminate any psychological factors that inhibit normal urinary and bowel functions. The use of visualisation and programming in hypnosis can assist the body's regulatory mechanisms and assist natural healing mechanisms in conjunction with medical treatments.
Hypnosis can be very helpful to many asthma sufferers. Hypnosis can be used by the client in addition to medications used to treat inflammation of the bronchial tubes and sensitivity to environmental allergens. The use of hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety that can increase the likelihood of an attack.
It has been demonstrated that the immune system can be severely compromised by stress factors and depressive mental states. These can be causal or exacerbatory factors in illnesses, including various severe conditions. In these cases, hypnosis can be used to help the individual combat stress and depression and thereby help to strengthen the immune response vital for fighting disease. In unstressed individuals, visualisation and hypnotic suggestions can be used to boost immune response and thereby help to maintain health and prevent disease.
Hypnosis can be used to improve mental functioning thereby reducing stress, anxiety, chronic anger and depression that can increase the tendency towards various illnesses and contribute to accelerated ageing. By enhancing mental functioning and by programming the subconscious mind with health-affirming suggestions, the natural healing activities within the body may be stimulated to greater effect so as to help to reduce the effects of the ageing process.