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Does Hypnotherapy for IBS actually work?

Updated: May 7

If you are living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you will know how it can be incredibly challenging, impacting every aspect of daily life. Many individuals struggle with the condition for years without finding effective solutions or support.

Often, IBS diagnosis leaves patients feeling frustrated as doctors, after exhaustive tests, are unable to pinpoint the exact cause. This is because conventional medical approaches often focus solely on the gut without considering the intricate connection between the gut and the brain.





Have you ever had a Gut Feeling about something?


Ever heard of having a 'gut feeling'? Well, there's more truth to that saying than you might think. The gut, often referred to as the 'second brain', operates independently from the central nervous system and plays a crucial role in immune system development. This intricate system is governed by the vagus nerve, acting as a superhighway for communication between the brain and the gut.


Our bodies generate electricity which is crucial for various bodily roles such as the communicating information between your brain and gut. These electrical pulses  influence various physiological processes such as digestion, gut motility, and secretion of digestive enzymes and hormones.


Many IBS patients have treatment that focuses on the symptom. In terms of ‘cause and effect’, they are focusing on the cause and not the effect. The focus is too much on the mechanical element of the problem.


The functioning of our bodies is incredibly complex and involves a combination of electrical, chemical, and mechanical processes, all working together in intricate ways. This is also very true with IBS issues.


Our Gut is no Einstein!


Sometimes, especially when the brain feels anxious and overwhelmed, it signals down information for the gut to deal with. The gut may have a level of intelligence, but it is no Einstein, and has no cognitive way of processing this. The reaction of the gut's microbes then affects the brain, kicking in an anxiety driven behaviour directed at the gut, causing a vicious circle!


Hypnotherapy offers an effective approach to breaking this cycle by focusing on the realigning the mind-gut connection. Through targeted hypnotherapy sessions, we work to restore harmony between the body and mind, ultimately alleviating symptoms and improving overall well-being.


Online Hypnotherapy Sessions


One of the biggest challenges of IBS is the anxiety of going out the front door! This is why online hypnotherapy sessions are ideal for IBS sufferers. Hypnotherapy is just as effective, and with IBS more so, than in-person sessions at a therapy room.


It immediately dissolves any anxieties with travel when a client is in the comfort of their own home.


IBS with teenagers


It has been a disturbing trend that many of clients over the last few years have been increasingly teenagers. The complexity of having to navigate the fast-paced tribulations of modern day life is playing havoc on the younger generation’s under developed minds.

But despite social media, smart phones, and gaming creating a problem of lost focus, teenagers have an incredible imagination and I have developed unique programs to utilise this with the use of visualisation and metaphors with fantastic results.


Hypnotherapy for IBS works!


In summary, hypnotherapy is remarkably effective both as a standalone treatment and when used in conjunction with medical interventions. However, when used independently, it's essential for clients to undergo medical assessments to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may require attention.


By simply focusing on our mind-gut connection we can create those neurological changes for our mind and body to work in harmony.

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