Can Hypnotherapy & NLP Successfully Treat or Prevent IBS?

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) Hypnotherapy has been confirmed by medical doctors, researchers and Hypnotherapists as a highly effective treatment for this condition.

IBS affects 10-20% of people in the UK and up to 45 million in the US.  For a long time it was considered a psychosomatic disorder, meaning it was primarily a problem in the mind.

That statement was considered confusing by those suffering as they could see that their diet was a contributing factor.

The word psychosomatic refers to an illness caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as conflict or stress.

Now that science has progressed to understand the connections between gut and brain health, it makes perfect sense that a reduction of stress will lead to a reduction of IBS symptoms.

IBS Hypnotherapy is the most effective treatment.  More effective than medication.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

The symptoms and their impact range from severe to mildly frustrating.  Here's a list of some of the IBS symptoms;

  • stomach pain and cramping
  • constipation and / or diarrhoea
  • at times an urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • excessive wind (gas)
  • uncomfortable bloating
  • mucus

Once diagnosed sufferers are usually given a diet to follow and instructions on which foods should be avoided.  Some might also suggest a food diary or an elimination diet to assess specific triggers.

The clinical effectiveness of Hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS in 70% of patients should you might think, mean the NHS would spend more of their budget helping people with Hypnosis over less effective medications

But no ...

Sadly without any real explanation, where once you could (after a long wait list), get an appointment with a trained Hypnotherapist or a medical doctor trained in gut hypnotherapy - now there is no service provided.

Professor Whorwell at Manchester University, has been studying the positive impact of Hypnotherapy for patients with IBS for more than 30 years.

He has commented on the lack of service provided by the NHS and recommends when approaching a Hypnotherapist privately, that you check they have adequate experience treating people.

On the NHS website, they have collected numerous examples of studies showing the effective treatment of hypnosis including gut directed hypnotherapy.

Medical Journals Confirm Hypnotherapy As An Effective Treatment For IBS

Hypnotherapy as an effective treatment for IBS medical journal study

The Conclusion of the study is this:  

Conclusion: These results provide further evidence that gut-focused hypnotherapy is an effective intervention for refractory IBS.

At Enhanced Life Practice - I've worked with hundreds of people who've suffered IBS symptoms, some diagnosed and others who believe that to be the condition affecting them.  With a variety of concerns, there is often a 'chicken and egg' scenario.

With the client being uncertain if they became stressed as a result of the IBS symptoms or the IBS symptoms were brought on by stress (or at least exacerbated by that).

What ultimately matters, is feeling better and the symptoms abating.

When you can control your body with your mind, anything is possible!

Thinking about who might be affected by this condition, I realise I've worked with teens up to people in their 80s.

People affected by IBS symptoms & some of the probable causes;

  • young people presenting with IBS symptoms during times of stress such as examinations and changing schools
  • people starting work and feeling more pressure to perform
  • life changes such as moving house, having a baby, relationship problems 
  • increases in financial pressures
  • poor diet often reflects poor personal care (seeing one self as less important)
  • chronic stress


Meditation and self hypnosis have been found to eliminate stress which is a known major causal factor in the symptoms of IBS.

You can start training your mind for better health starting today!

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One of the comments many clients make after their first two or three sessions, is how amazed they are to be able to control their own physical experiences in their body - just by using their mind!

One example from a young lady who was in profound emotional pain when the IBS symptoms failed to reduce after visiting her doctor.  She stopped going out, seeing friends, spent many hours afraid of going to work and felt like her life was over.  After the very first session she reported a dramatic reduction of symptoms.  You'll see her testimonial /feedback below:

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Hypnotherapy is the combination of Hypnosis (relaxed focus) with therapeutic techniques that allow for rapid change to occur.  Focused attention provides an opportunity for the treatment to positively affect the client in resolution of their medical or psychological concern.  Popularized by 17th and 18th century psychologists such as James Braid and Milton H. Erickson.  Read More

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