Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very broad and complicated syndrome that has a huge range of symptoms.

There is thought to be a relationship between mental health and IBS as studies have shown that IBS is made worse or is more common in people with high stress levels and anxiety.

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Why try hypnotherapy for IBS?

Because of the psychological element in some IBS cases, it can often be very much worth a try to see if hypnotherapy can help.

"Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel.  There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine"

Quote from the Complimentary & Natural Heathcare Council

How do you know if hypnotherapy will help your IBS


One of the first things I suggest to clients is to keep a diary of how your IBS feels and make a note of how you feel at the time.

Hypnotherapy will be of great benefit to you if you notice that your IBS flares up when you are stressed, anxious or particularly upset.

There are two ways that hypnotherapy can help IBS, by helping you manage the symptoms and by giving you tools to manage the psychological aspects of your IBS.

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How do know if you have IBS?

Firstly I would recommend seeing your GP as it is important that they rule out any other potential conditions that can be very similar.

The main symptoms of IBS are:

  • stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
  • bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
  • diarrhoea – you may have watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly
  • constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you cannot empty your bowels fully

There may be days when your symptoms are better and days when they're worse (flare-ups).

IBS flare-ups can happen for no obvious reason.

Sometimes they have a trigger like:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • certain foods, such as spicy or fatty food
  • stress and anxiety

Once you have had other medical causes ruled out and your Doctor agrees that you have IBS we can start working with hypnosis to give you more control over your symptoms.

Online hypnotherapy available

Hypnotherapy sessions can be booked in my clinic in Andover, Hampshire or online through video call. Online sessions are a great way to experience hypnosis in your own home.

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Online courses for anxiety

Anxiety 2 Confidence also have a range of online courses available specifically to help you with your anxiety with downloadable exercises and mp3s

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