How it Works
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the consumption of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and fatigue. Although there is no cure for coeliac disease, avoiding gluten is currently thought to be the only treatment option available.
However, hypnotherapy has emerged as a complementary therapy for coeliac disease. Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses guided relaxation techniques to induce a trance-like state where the individual is more responsive to suggestions. Hypnosis has been found to be effective in treating a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. But, can it also help in managing coeliac disease, IBS and other gut health issues?
Can Hypnotherapy help?
The answer is yes. Hypnotherapy can help manage coeliac disease by reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with the condition. The following are some of the ways hypnotherapy can help:
Reducing anxiety: Anxiety and stress can exacerbate coeliac disease symptoms. Hypnotherapy can help reduce anxiety levels, which can, in turn, reduce the severity of coeliac disease symptoms. By inducing a state of deep relaxation, hypnotherapy can help individuals manage their anxiety levels better.
Altering perception of gluten: Some individuals with coeliac disease may have a negative association with gluten. Hypnotherapy can help alter their perception of gluten by changing their thought patterns and associations with gluten-containing foods. This can help reduce the stress and anxiety associated with the condition.
Encouraging compliance with a gluten-free diet: Compliance with a gluten-free diet is essential in managing coeliac disease. However, it can be challenging to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet. Hypnotherapy can help individuals with coeliac disease stick to their diet by encouraging positive reinforcement and creating a desire to adhere to the diet.
Addressing underlying psychological issues: Hypnotherapy can help address any underlying psychological issues that may be contributing to coeliac disease symptoms. For example, individuals with coeliac disease may experience stress, anxiety, or depression due to the limitations of their diet. By addressing these underlying psychological issues, hypnotherapy can help reduce coeliac disease symptoms.
Coeliac Disease is very common among Europeans. Medical researchers suggests gluten intolerance is in our genes. It is down to our history over the last few thousand years – adapting to eating cereals. Through Hypnotherapy, we are sometimes able to help desensitise this reaction and help clients heal their gut issues.
In conclusion, hypnotherapy and Reiki can be an effective complementary therapy for managing coeliac disease that can work on many different levels. It can help reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with the condition. If you are interested in hypnotherapy for managing coeliac disease, it is essential to consult with a qualified hypnotherapist who has experience in treating the condition. You can make an appointment here for either Hypnotherapy or an Integrative Therapy appointment, however we will assess each client to determine the best path of treatment once you come for your appointment.
Additionally, hypnotherapy should not replace a gluten-free diet but can be used as an adjunct therapy to manage the condition. If in doubt, consult your medical professional.