Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Deep Well Health Care LLC

Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH

Clinical Hypnotherapist & Pediatric Gastroenterologist located in Elkins Park, PA & King of Prussia, PA

If you seem to fluctuate between bouts of constipation and diarrhea or experience frequent cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, or gas, you may have a chronic condition called irritable bowel syndrome. At Deep Well Health Care LLC in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, clinical hypnotherapist Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH, offers compassionate and integrative treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder affecting the intestine, which can range widely in intensity over time. IBS is caused by a complex interplay of the intestinal lining, the nervous system, GI bacteria, dietary factors, and environmental influences such as stress. In most cases, IBS symptoms can be resolved or decreased with nutrition and lifestyle changes, and mind-body treatments such as hypnosis. Supplements and medications can also be helpful.

IBS is not a dangerous condition, but it can have a major impact on quality of life.  If you are having problems with bowel syndrome, Dr. Cherry helps with a combination of treatment options. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online to learn more about these different treatments.

What are the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

The most common signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel movement appearance changes
  • Cramping or bloating related to a bowel movement
  • Changes to bowel movement frequency
  • Irritable bowel syndrome may also cause increased gas, uncomfortable bloating, or stools with mucus.

IBS symptoms are not specific, meaning that they occur in many different conditions. People with IBS have often already had testing to check for other conditions such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or parasites. If you have not yet had any such testing, Dr. Cherry may recommend it to help clarify the diagnosis.

How can hypnosis help with irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Cherry uses hypnotherapy as a treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnosis involves imagery and suggestions to change the reactions of the GI, in order to reduce discomfort, cramping, and gassiness, and improve regularity.

To increase effectiveness, hypnotherapy for IBS typically involves a series of six to eight visits along with some practice at home with recordings. Dr. Cherry may combine hypnotherapy with botanicals and nutritional changes.

To find out if hypnosis can relieve your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, use the online scheduling tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment today.