Showing posts with label ibs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ibs. Show all posts

Thursday, June 20, 2019

[Review] Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment | Malaysia - SP Case

Feedback from Mr.SP after the brain mapping assessment and clinical hypnotherapy treatment by Hiro Koo:

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which rendered me no control over situation and myself most of the time. Anxiety, panic, and stomach issues were my daily ordeal, to name a few, which made going to places difficult. For the past 10 to 15 years, I had consulted one too many gastroenterologists and taken far too much medicines — all to no avail; none were improving my condition. That was when I started hypnotherapy with Hiro Koo. After just two sessions with him, I saw gradual improvement, enabling me to overcome my problems. I now had fewer issues from IBS, such as lowered impact on health, improved reaction toward stressful situation, and lowered frequency of gut problems. I am now able to go out without hesitation; I feel more relaxed and pleasant in general; and my family members can rely on me for errands. Besides from reduction in symptoms from IBS, the quality of my eating, sleep, and social life has also greatly improved. It is because of hypnotherapy that I get to enjoy such improvement. Hypnotherapy has taught me to focus on the mind: it helped me to adapt to changes, redirect energy and attention to positive things or thoughts, which in turn enabled me to avoid all sorts of negativity. My experience with Hiro has been positive. Hiro and his team were excellent: they were extremely helpful and informative.
As I progress through my hypnotherapy sessions, I came to understand that hypnotherapy — at least for my case — is definitely a better alternative than medication. It helps on health issues while trains me to not be overly dependent on medicines. Now that I am mostly relieve of my IBS symptoms, I can still apply techniques learnt through hypnotherapy to go about my daily life, such as to further explore about myself.

Remark: Our client's information will be kept strictly confidential all the time. All reviews and photos have been acknowledged and provided by past and current clients of Hiro Koo.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review (Recover from Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms) - IBS Treatment Malaysia

Client Name: Mr G

Before this, my life was inseparable from stomachache, bloated abdominal and constipation. It affected my daily life as it not only looked bad but also caused physical discomfort. Every day, I spent more hours in the toilet than normal people yet I felt uncomfortable. 

I visited many doctors and took a lot of medications. No matter how much Western medications and Chinese traditional medication I took, there was no improvement after the half year of treatment. I felt anxious and depressed, there was only one thought in my mind, “I’m dying soon”. 

However, I get rid of all these discomforts after I followed the treatment with Hiro Koo.
I learned how to reduce my stress and some useful techniques like self-hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and positive thinking. After reducing my stress, I felt more comfortable when going to the toilet. I become more positive and happy because I knew that this was not chronic and life-threatening disease, is just that there was some problem with my mental health and is curable. 

I was amazed by the treatment provided, it is very effective and very efficient that can reduce my physical discomfort within a very short period of time. In addition, the therapist is very well-experienced and patient, he explained to me clearly and help me by using his profession. I felt thankful and appreciated his hard works for giving me a new life. 

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Remark: Our client's information will be kept strictly confidential all the time. All reviews and photos have been acknowledged and provided by past and current clients of Hypnosis Integrative Hub (Clinical Hypnotherapist Hiro Koo). Clients names have been changed to protect their identity.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Functional GI Disorders: Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT) for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT) in individual sessions is highly effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This study aimed to assess the long-term effect of GHT in group sessions for refractory IBS.

A total of 164 patients with IBS (Rome-III-criteria) were screened, and 100 refractory to usual treatment were randomized 1:1 either to supportive talks with medical treatment (SMT) or to SMT with GHT (10 weekly sessions within 12 weeks). The primary end point was a clinically important improvement on several dimensions of daily life (assessed by IBS impact scale) after treatment and 12-month follow-up. The secondary end point was improvement in general quality of life (QOL; Medical Outcome Study Short-Form-36), psychological status (Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale) and reduction of single IBS symptoms. Analysis was by intention to treat.

A total of 90 patients received allocated intervention. After treatment, 28 (60.8%) out of 46 GHT patients and 18 (40.9%) out of 44 SMTs improved (absolute difference 20.0%; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0–40.2%; P=0.046); over 15 months, 54.3% of GHT patients and 25.0% of controls improved (absolute difference 29.4%; 95% CI 10.1–48.6%; P=0.004). GHT with SMT improved physical and psychological well being significantly more than SMT alone (P<0.001). Gender, age, disease duration and IBS type did not have an influence on the long-term success of GHT.

GHT improves IBS-related QOL, is superior to SMT alone, and shows a long-term effect even in refractory IBS.

We offer gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS in Hypnosis Specialist Centre (Hypnosis Integrative Hub) @ Life Care Diagnostic Medical Centre (Bangsar South, Malaysia). Feel free to whatsapp us for more info (+60167154419).


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS)

Whorwell PJ; Prior A; Faragher EB. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome.The Lancet 1984, 2: 1232-4. 
This was the earliest formal study of hypnosis treatment for IBS and remains to date one of the best studies in this research area, as it was thoroughly placebo-controlled and showed dramatically greater improvement from hypnosis treatment above the placebo. 

Thirty patients with severe symptoms that had been unresponsive to other treatment were randomly chosen to receive either 7 sessions of hypnotherapy (15 patients) or 7 sessions of psychotherapy plus placebo pills (15 patients). 

The psychotherapy group showed a small but significant improvement in abdominal pain and distension, and in general well-being but not bowel activity pattern. The hypnotherapy patients showed a dramatic improvement in all IBS symptoms. The hypnotherapy group showed no relapses during the 3-month follow-up period. 

Figure adapted from the above paper by Whorwell and colleagues, showing the changes in the hypnosis group and the comparison treatment group in well-being (upper left-hand graph) and IBS symptoms during the 2-week baseline and 12-week treatment period.

How to Select a Hypnotherapist in Malaysia?
Get answers to the following three questions:
1) Is this person a licensed health professional? Be aware that hypnosis certificates and vanity letters after the person’s name such as C. Ht. ("certified hypnotherapist") mean nothing in terms of clinical qualifications. In Malaysia, A licensed clinical hypnotherapist should be registered with the professional body in Malaysia: The Association of Hypnotherapy Practitioners, Malaysia (AHPM)

2) Does this person have formal training and significant experience in clinical hypnosis and psychology field? Using hypnosis with good success requires considerable skill and knowledge. In general, 50 hours or more of certified workshop training in hypnosis would be good, although less is sometimes adequate.

3) Does this person know the details of successful hypnosis treatment protocols for IBS? Hypnosis in itself is probably not sufficient to treat IBS effectively. Specific gut-directed hypnotherapy method need to be included.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases in Malaysia

The role of hypnotherapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic disorders of unknown aetiology which are characterized by episodes of exacerbations and remissions. 

Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. You are likely to have periods of active illness followed by periods of remission.
Signs and symptoms that are common to both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis include:
  • Diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common problem for people with IBD.
  • Fever and fatigue. Many people with IBD experience a low-grade fever. You may also feel tired or have low energy.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may also experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Blood in your stool. You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don't see (occult blood).
  • Reduced appetite. Abdominal pain and cramping, as well as inflammation, can affect your appetite.
  • Unintended weight loss. You may lose weight and even become malnourished because you cannot properly digest and absorb food.

There is evidence that perceived distress contributes to IBD symptom flares; anxiety and depression are frequently found in patients with the active disease. 
Because there is no cure, treatment has to focus on 
1) Prevention of complications
2) induction/maintenance of remission 
3) Improvement of quality of life. 

Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT) has been used successfully in functional gastrointestinal disorders. Few experimental studies and case reports have been published for IBD; GHT increases the health-related quality of life and reduces symptoms. 

Additionally, GHT seems to have an immune-modulating effect and is able to augment clinical remission in patients with quiescent ulcerative colitis.

How able to help you?
We have a wide range of health plans for you to choose from, and we'll work with you to tailor a plan that suits your condition after your free consultation session.
1) Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT)
2) Personalized Self Hypnosis Method
3) EEG biofeedback therapy
4) Nutritional psychology to improve your mood
5) Traditional and complementary medicine (Non-drug approach & Integrated healthcare method)

Email us for a free consultation:
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

[Testimonial] Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Therapy Malaysia: mind-brain-body treatment

My major health concern is that I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) problem. I was looking for ways to solve and through online searching, I found Hiro Koo, a Clinical Hypnotherapist in SOL healthcare centre. I had been through a lot of treatments and therapies outside, both Chinese and Western but there is still no help to my problem until I found SOL.

In confidence, Hiro Koo explained to me about my current health condition in a very detailed manner and the solution to it – Neuro-hypnotherapy. He taught me the way to self-hypnosis and it really works. Now, my IBS problem has improved and finally I gain my life back. IBS has caused problems to my normal life and working performance and through neuro-hypnotherapy with Hiro Koo, I am better now.

Apart from that, combining with the nutritional consultation with the naturopath, I learn to eat healthily and nutritionally. I’m really satisfied with the result and would definitely recommend my friends and family members and those who need natural therapies to visit SOL. 

- Testimonial by Mr. Jeff Liau

What is IBS?
IBS is best understood as a long-term or recurrent disorder of gastrointestinal (GI) functioning. It usually involves the large intestine (colon) and small intestine with disturbances of intestinal/bowel (gut) motor function (motility) and sensation. These gut related activities are regulated by the brain. This may also be impaired, which is why IBS is often called a brain-gut disorder. These disturbances can produce symptoms of abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating or a sense of gaseousness, and a change in bowel habits (diarrhea and/or constipation).

The typical features of IBS are generally recognizable by a doctor. The most important first step in treating and managing symptoms is to see your doctor for a confident diagnosis of IBS.

Symptoms Cluster in IBS 
A number of symptoms that occur together characterize irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may confuse you at first. Plus, symptoms will likely change over time. The changes may seem random. But there is a pattern to symptoms of IBS.
►The key sign or symptom of IBS is pain or discomfort in the abdomen. The abdomen is the area below your chest and above your hips. 
►The other symptoms of IBS relate to your bowel habit. You’ll notice a change in frequency or consistency of stool (diarrhea or constipation). These changes link to the pain.

►The symptoms occur over a long term and come and go over time.
Some or all of IBS symptoms can occur at the same time. Some symptoms may be worse than others.
Abdominal pain is often described as crampy, or as a generalized ache with periods of cramps. Sharp, dull, gas-like, or modest pains are common. The IBS discomfort or pain usually feels better after a bowel movement.

Symptom Patterns Add Up To IBS

Certain signs and symptoms occur with IBS. Symptom-based criteria for IBS emphasize a positive diagnosis rather than extensive tests to rule out all other diseases. No tests confirm the diagnosis of IBS.
A detailed history, physical examination, and limited diagnostic tests help confirm the IBS diagnosis. More extensive testing is reserved for specific situations.

Other Symptoms May Accompany IBS

Persons treated for IBS commonly report upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. About 25% to 50% report...
  • Heartburn
  • Early feeling of fullness (satiety)
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Bloating
Other GI symptoms also reported include...
  • Intermittent upper abdominal discomfort or pain (dyspepsia)
  • Feelings of urgency (the need to find a restroom fast)
  • Feeling of "incomplete" bowel emptying
Non-GI symptoms also occur. Sometimes, but not always, this may be due to an overlap of IBS with another condition. These symptoms include...
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sexual dysfunction
Other symptoms tend to occur with more severe IBS such as...
  • Low back pain
  • Headache
Symptoms sometimes seem contradictory, such as alternating diarrhea and constipation. It may help to keep a Symptom Diary so your doctor can see how your symptoms change over time and in relation to diet, stress, and other factors. 
Abnormal functioning of the nerves and muscles of the bowel produce the symptoms of IBS. A "dysregulation" between the brain, the gut, and the central nervous system causes the bowel to become "irritated," or overly sensitive to stimuli. Symptoms may occur even in response to normal events.

MindHypnosis and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Hypnosis works by bypassing the critical filter of our mind to help the conscious mind directly access and suggest to the subconscious mind. Research has found that hypnotherapy may help improve the primary symptoms of IBS. It may also help relieve other symptoms suffered by many people with IBS such as nausea, fatigue, backache, and urinary problems. Hypnotherapy appears to offer symptomatic, psychological, and physiological benefit. Hypnotherapy is considered as a promising intervention for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis ( provides clearer evidence that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment in improving gastrointestinal symptoms of patients with IBS.
* We use the Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy to deal with IBS symptoms in Malaysia.

Brain: EEG biofeedback to deal with underlying issues 

The causes of anxiety and stress-related disorders such as IBS seem to be a complex interplay of predisposing heredity factors, childhood circumstances, hormonal imbalances and life-events. These disorders often involve an over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Because these disorders involve the activation of our most basic survival responses, often called "fight or flight" response it will always remain difficult to dampen that response. EEG biofeedback works to decrease psychophysiological reactivity and to improve recovery (by teaching the patient to activate the opposing parasympathetic system).

Body: Nutritional therapy for irritable bowel syndrome.
If you have IBS, you will know that a single meal choice can completely ruin your day by inducing painful abdominal pains or inconvenient bowel problems. A nutrition professional understands this relationship between food and mood. They can keep the symptoms of IBS at bay by applying their expert knowledge to your dietary habits. A nutrition professional can carry out a full nutrition assessment to establish possible dietary and lifestyle causes. This assessment will be used to devise an appropriate therapeutic diet and will be monitored to ensure that it is effective.
* Our nutritional therapist is the President of Naturopathic Medical Association Malaysia which is recognized by the Ministry of Health in Malaysia.


Sunday, April 19, 2015


自律神經失調並不是一種病,而是一系列的症狀,也就是症候群,病因可能有許多種,也有許多種疾病會出現這些症狀,例如抑郁症depression、恐慌症panic attack or anxiety disorder等等。因為針對的器官不同,可能出現以下某些症狀:



★大腦活動旺盛 - 快速處理接收的情報,掌管心臟與肺臟。

★不易有睡意 - 腎上腺素分泌抗壓荷爾蒙,提高大腦與身體的活動量,不易有睡意。

★心跳加快,血壓上升 - 加速心臟跳動,將身體活動所需的充足血液,送到身體各器官。

★消耗熱量 - 交感神經運作,消耗熱量,燃燒體脂肪!

★支氣管擴張 - 支氣管擴張,呼吸次數增加,將大量空氣送入肺中,提供新鮮酵素。

★子宮收縮 - 交感神經活躍時,子宮會收縮,例如生產時收縮子宮,將小Baby順利產出。

★抑制胃酸分泌 - 心與肺活動時,腸胃不須有太大活動,所以會抑制胃酸分泌,以利能量釋放。

★腸胃蠕動變慢 - 使排便暫緩、腸胃蠕動變慢,持續強烈緊張而便秘時,就是交感神經過度興奮。

★不易排尿 - 身體活動時,必須讓環境穩定,抑制排尿則可以變得更有效率。


★大腦呈休息狀態 - 大腦進入休息狀態,使全身放鬆。

★心臟跳動減緩,血壓下降 - 休息時不需要太多血液,所以心跳減緩,血壓下降。

★支氣管收縮 - 在休息狀態中,身體不需做劇烈活動,所以也不須要太多空氣。

★腸胃蠕動旺盛 - 腸胃蠕動旺盛,就能將老廢物質排出體外,在放鬆狀態容易想要排便,就是這個緣故呢!

★刺激生長激素 - 副交感神經活躍,刺激肌膚等的新陳代謝,使生長激素分泌旺盛。

★舒緩子宮緊張 - 使肌肉休息,舒緩子宮緊張,例如抑制子宮收縮,讓小Baby可以在子宮中長大。

★分泌胃酸 - 副交感神經活躍,是為了儲存能量,於是胃的活動大增,胃酸分泌增多。

★容易排尿 - 副交感神經活躍,膀胱收縮,刺激排尿作用,將老廢物質排出體外。












1.脑波反馈疗法EEG biofeedback啟動副交感神經,安定身心 副交感神經的作用在于它使心跳變慢、呼吸平穩緩慢、腸胃蠕動變快、血壓下降等,使身體主要的器官系統活動力降低,達到身體休息與睡眠的狀態。

2.Nutritional therapy营养咨询师将教导您使用食物保養神經的作用穩定 

3. 提供人化的自我催眠,从而改善自律神经失调问题

4. 临床催眠师透过观察你的五感反应,建议适当保健品并让您可利用五感舒緩神經 
氣味也有效果。 比如薄荷、洋蔥、辣椒可刺激自律神經,如果希望自己有精神,不妨聞這些味道;反之如果想放鬆,就用薰衣草等柔和的香氣,讓副交感神經活躍一些。 

5. 心理治疗技术将幫助您发泄情緒,不讓起伏的心情打亂自律神經的節奏 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Natural Relief for Stomach Pain

Stomachaches—ugh! Whether you have chronic abdominal pain due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or another health problem, such as Crohn’s disease or functional abdominal pain (FAP), ongoing belly discomfort can rob the joy from your life.
Popping certain pills can sometimes provide temporary relief, but since all drugs carry side effects, is there a natural way to feel better?

The use of clinical hypnotherapy has been proven to reduce pain symptoms and it has become a doctor-recommended treatment at oversea.

I use the neuro-hypnotherapy technique, whereby I can observe the brainwave going into different state such as delta, theta, alpha and beta brainwave while the suggestion is being given by the hypnotherapist during the therapy session. When your brainwaves are in  alpha state, you may notice that your breathing begins to slow down, as will your heart rate and blood pressure. This stage of hypnosis trance stage can be used to control pain. Personalized self-hypnosis method will be developed based on the brainwave observation.

Research studies:
Proven to be effective
In previous studies hypnotherapy has been shown to improve not only IBS symptoms, but also symptoms outside the intestinal system, as well as quality of life and ‘psychological co-morbidity’ – the knock-on effect from IBS on other psychological conditions.
CONCLUSION: Guided imagery treatment plus medical care was superior to standard medical care only for the treatment of abdominal pain, and treatment effects were sustained over a long period.
Psychological and behavioral interventions were classified into the following 5 primary treatment modalities: psychoeducation, behavior therapy/contingency management, relaxation-based therapies (including biofeedback and hypnotherapy), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (including cognitive-behavioral family therapy). There was a wide variation in the quality and quantity of studies within each treatment category. Effective interventions generally involved multiple therapeutic components and included elements of both individual and family treatment. Psychological interventions that combine psychoeducation, relaxation-based therapies, and cognitive-behavioral therapy appear superior to standard care (reassurance or dietary manipulation) in the elimination of pain and reduction in functional disability.
Although effective in the management of acute pain and distress in pediatric cancer patients, the use of hypnotherapy in children with FCRAP is not a common practice. The current study highly supports the use of hypnosis as a part of the biobehavioral approach for this dilemma.
The study, done by researchers from the Netherlands, tracked the impact of “gut-directed” hypnotherapy in girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 17 and young adults up to age 23 who had chronic abdominal pain. For this new study, the patients kept a pain diary. The results indicated that hypnosis may bring lasting relief for chronic tummy pain. About 68% of the participants who had been taught hypnosis were free or mostly free of abdominal pain five years later, compared with only 20% of those who had received standard therapy alone. Scores for headache, chronic fatigue and joint pain were markedly lower among the hypnosis group as well.
(Reuters Health) - Hypnosis may bring lasting relief to some kids with irritable bowel syndrome or chronic stomach pain, a small study suggests.
Researchers found that of 52 children with the tummy troubles, those who had six hypnosis sessions -- plus at-home "self-hypnosis" -- were still doing well five years later. More than two-thirds were free or mostly free of abdominal pain. That compared with just 20 percent of kids who were given standard therapy alone. Researchers led by Dr. Arine M. Vlieger, of St. Antonius Hospital in the Netherlands, reported the results in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Irritable bowel syndrome大腸激躁症


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.


The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person and often resemble those of other diseases. Among the most common are:
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • A bloated feeling
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool
For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.
Symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition include:
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain that progresses or occurs at night
  • Weight loss

MIND: Tailored Gut directed Hypnotherapy for IBS

Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in a number of clinical studies. Hypnotherapy for IBS involves progressive relaxation, and then suggestions of soothing imagery and sensations focused on the individual’s symptoms. Improvements in overall well-being, quality of life, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating have been noted.

Contrary to many portrayals in fiction, a clinical hypnotherapist has no power over the hypnotized person. The person is typically aware of what happens both during and after the hypnosis session. The treatment is generally comfortable and also can be effective when people are treated in groups.

Research has found that hypnotherapy may help improve the primary symptoms of IBS. It may also help relieve other symptoms suffered by many people with IBS such as nausea, fatigue, backache, and urinary problems. Hypnotherapy appears to offer symptomatic, psychological, and physiological benefit.

However, hypnosis should not be regarded as a cure-all. Up to 25% of patients fail to respond. Even when people do improve, conventional approaches to treatment should not always be ignored. It is still important that lifestyle factors such as diet are also taken into account. In addition, some people may find that an occasional loperamide or laxative, depending on the bowel habit abnormality, may be required.

Do the effects of hypnotherapy last once a course of treatment has been completed? 
Research on the long-term follow up of patients who have benefited shows that after a period of between 1 and 5 years, most remain well with many requiring no further medication at all.

Hypnotherapy can be a time-consuming and costly approach in the short term. However, as a result of the sustained benefits of treatment, it has been calculated that it becomes cost effective within 2 years when compared to conventional approaches.

How to Select a Hypnotherapist?

1) Does this person have formal training and significant experience in clinical hypnosis and psychology field? Using hypnosis with good success requires considerable skill and knowledge. In general, 50 hours or more of certified workshop training in hypnosis would be good, although less is sometimes adequate.

2) Does this person know the details of successful hypnosis treatment protocols for IBS? Hypnosis in itself is probably not sufficient to treat IBS effectively. Specific gut-directed hypnotherapy method need to be included.

Hypnosis is just one of many in the treatment options for IBS. Other psychological methods, cognitive therapy in particular, are also effective options. Hypnosis may be especially suitable when severe chronic symptoms continue after standard medical management approaches have been tried. It has become clear that in such cases, hypnosis treatment can often produce major improvement that can last for years.

Research about how clinical hypnotherapy can help Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

The Efficacy of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and meta-analysis

This study provides clearer evidence that hypnotherapy has beneficial short-term effects in improving gastrointestinal symptoms of patients with IBS.

Efficacy, tolerability, and safety of hypnosis in adult irritable bowel syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis. 

This meta-analysis demonstrated that hypnosis was safe and provided long-term adequate symptom relief in 54% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome refractory to conventional therapy.

BRAIN Perspective: EEG biofeedback for IBS

Individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may experience a range of symptoms, from mild annoyance to severe, debilitating distress. Symptoms can range from chronic, mild dysregulation of gut motility to episodes of diarrhea or constipation that incapacitate the patient and cause loss of time at work, withdrawal from family activities, and even hospitalization. It is estimated that about 20% of North Americans suffer from IBS, with twice as many women than men diagnosed each year.

Research in neuroscience has revealed that the intestinal tract and the brain are intimately related in terms of hormonal activity and autonomic nervous system connections. This is referred to as the "Gut-Brain Connection." Individuals with IBS frequently present with evidence of abnormal high frequency brain wave activity in the frontal lobes where emotional regulation occurs.

These unbalanced brain waves can be altered with Neurofeedback training (see box on right) to correct the abnormal activity and either partially or completely relieve the symptoms of IBS.

Neurotherapy/EEG biofeedback training begins with a brain assessment procedure to locate the sources of unbalanced brain wave activity. Following this, training begins and may last for 10 to 15 sessions. Each session may last for 30-40 minutes. We use symptom checklists, clinical history and patient reports to assess the progress of treatment.

How it works?
EEG biofeedback training for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a way of learning how to control your brain's electrical activity in order to alleviate the distress of IBS. EEG biofeedback training can significantly reduce or even eliminate IBS symptoms and painful sensations in patients who have an underlying dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System ("Fight/Flight/Freeze" emotional response).

The technique is simple and painless: Brainwave sensors are attached to the scalp at strategic locations and the information from the brain is processed digitally with sophisticated computer programs. Audio or visual displays give feedback to the patient about the frequency and amplitude of the brain activities that are implicated in IBS sensations. Music or video feedback allows the patient to become successful in changing the brain wave patterns and as a result, the IBS is greatly relieved or eliminated.

What is EEG biofeedback? 
EEG biofeedback training is a simple, painless learning technique that involves teaching your brain waves to become more functional and effective. The most comprehensive definition of EEG biofeedback comes to us from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). Go to for more information.

EEG biofeedback does not involve either surgery or medication and is neither painful nor embarassing. When provided by a licensed professional with appropriate training, generally trainees do not experience negative side-effects. Typically trainees find NFT to be an interesting experience. EEG biofeedback training operates at a brain functional level and transcends the need to classify using existing diagnostic categories. It modulates the brain activity at the level of the neuronal dynamics of excitation and inhibition which underly the characteristic effects that are reported.

Research demonstrates that EEG biofeedback is an effective intervention for ADHD and Epilepsy. Ongoing research is investigating the effectiveness of EEG biofeedback for other disorders such as Autism, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, substance abuse, TBI and other pain disorders, and is promising.


腹脹、腹鳴、腹瀉、便秘、肚子疼痛不適,大概是所有人都曾經驗過的症狀,但許多人無論怎麼吃藥、看醫師,問題就是無法改善,每天都得面臨不斷跑廁所、或「大」不出來的痛苦,這些人都是大腸激躁症(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)的受害者。大腸激躁症,或稱為大腸急躁症、腸躁症、刺激性腸症候群、急躁性腸症候群、腸躁症候群,指的都是一種腸道的功能性異常;就和其五花八門的中文譯名一樣,這種疾病的症狀也相當複雜,有人易腹瀉、有人易便秘、有人則腹瀉與便秘交錯發生。

1.        腹部絞痛
2.        腹部脹氣、鼓脹
3.        腹瀉、便秘、或腹瀉與便秘交互出現
4.        常與情緒反應有關,如工作忙碌時、重大考試前都會加重症狀
5.        雖長期受腸胃症狀困擾,通常體重並不會減輕,也不會有嚴重的併發症
1.        要先就醫檢查,排除其他症狀相似的疾病,如:乳糖耐受不良、大腸癌等。
2.        調適心理、適應壓力,若是可能盡量避免給自己太過的壓力。
3.        正常的作息,規律的運動。
4.        避免刺激性的飲食,如:菸、酒、咖啡、茶葉等。
5.        攝取足量的高纖維性食物。
6.        若症狀仍持續,應考慮調整神經傳導物質,以恢復自律神經之正常生理功能。
大腸激躁症不是『器質性腸胃科疾病』,而是屬於『功能性疾病』( functional disorder )之一』。---所有功能性疾病皆由『自律神經失調』所引起,自律神經系統分佈至各內臟器官,管理各內臟器官的功能運作,一旦自律神經失調,則其所調控的內臟出現其相關疾病(例如:大腸激躁症 )。所以,大腸激躁症的治療不能從腸胃科取向去做,應從自律神經取向方能治本。
1.        改變飲食習慣:不談公事、輕鬆進食、細嚼慢嚥。
2.        改變食譜:不吃乳製品、油脂食物、酒精、咖啡因的飲料。食物力求低脂、少糖、少鹽、適度的蛋白質、高纖維食物。
3.        生活減壓:壓力與腸子的蠕動有密切的關係。尤其每天在壓力鍋當中打滾的人們,更是有機會罹患大腸激躁症。每天工作八小時當中,找空檔舒緩身心。勤練肌肉鬆弛術、靜坐,平衡身心靈。
4.        天天運動:運動除了強身之外,更可以放鬆心情,消除鬱悶的情緒,強化腸胃的機能。
5.        正常的作息、充足的睡眠。
6.        改變個性:完美主義的人,容易給自己壓力,也常出現焦慮、憂鬱或身心症狀。所以改變對事物的看法與態度,降低標準,隨遇而安,腸胃自然沒承受太多的壓力。
7.        尋找適當的醫療:激躁性腸症並非一般拉肚子,幾天就可以康復的 。必須有耐心的就醫,配合腸胃科與精神科藥物方能奏效。

(Clinical Hypnotherapist Hiro Koo: 催眠在临床研究上,临床催眠对IBS大腸激躁症的疗效是受承认和备受肯定的。)