Interested in trying hypnotherapy for IBS? While hypnosis is gaining attention as a safe and effective way to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), many people are unsure how to begin their hypnotherapy journey.

You might have a lot of questions, like how does hypnotherapy work, what provider should you choose, and, importantly, will hypnotherapy for IBS break the bank?

Some good news: while beginning IBS hypnotherapy used to be difficult, with limited practitioners and long wait lists, there are now multiple ways to access this specialized IBS management tool, including cost-effective IBS hypnotherapy apps like Nerva.

Let’s learn a little more about hypnotherapy for IBS, so you can have the know-how and the tools you need to get started and find relief. This way, you’ll be able to ask the right questions of your provider and know what to expect from a hypnotherapy program.

What is hypnotherapy for IBS?

IBS is a long-term (chronic) gastrointestinal condition that affects around one in seven people worldwide, so if you’re looking for a way to find relief, you’re far from alone.

While symptoms can vary from person to person, many people with IBS will experience abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation and associated psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.

Hypnotherapy that is used to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also known as gut-directed hypnotherapy. This is a specialized type of therapeutic hypnosis developed to manage the symptoms of IBS.

Hypnotherapy simply means that you are brought into a relaxed state of focus, a bit like guided meditation, and then given therapeutic suggestions that are directed to your gut and gut-symptoms. Let’s have a look at how it works in more detail.

How does hypnotherapy for IBS work?

It’s thought that IBS is caused by gut-brain miscommunications. This is why hypnotherapy may be so effective: it may help regulate signals sent between the gut and the brain and decrease your vagus nerve’s sympathetic system responses (stress).

Studies show that hypnotherapy for IBS works by regulating the signals that move along the largest cranial nerve in your body: the vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve acts as a superhighway for information running between your brain and your gut. It’s because of this brain-gut connection that we can experience emotions in our gut (like feeling ‘butterflies’ when we’re excited) or sense what’s happening in the gut in our brains (like knowing when we’re full after eating).

In an IBS hypnotherapy session, you will be taken through relaxation exercises, and be brought into a state of focused-relaxation. This simply means that you can focus on therapeutic suggestions that are being given to you, while ignoring outside concerns. During a session you are fully in control and aware of what is happening.
In this relaxed state your brain becomes open to suggestions on how to better communicate with your gut, improve your gut motility and reduce uncomfortable sensations.

Because hypnotherapy is a relaxing exercise that engages your parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for rest and relaxation), it can also act as a circuit breaker if you are experiencing stress-related IBS symptoms.

How effective is hypnotherapy for IBS?

Research shows that hypnotherapy for IBS can help manage both the physical symptoms and the psychological symptoms of IBS.

Hypnotherapy has an encouraging success rate. Research suggests that between 70 - 80% of people could benefit from IBS hypnosis and that it can reduce gut symptoms, like pain, bloating and nausea by up to 72%.
What’s more, hypnotherapy can provide a chance for long-term relief. IBS hypnotherapy can be so effective that, in some cases, symptoms are reduced for up to five years.

Where can I get hypnotherapy for IBS?

While we recommend talking to your doctor before beginning any new management tool for IBS, there are several ways that you can get started with hypnotherapy for IBS.
Here are a few ways to access hypnotherapy for IBS:

IBS hypnotherapy practitioners (Hypnotherapists)

You might choose to see a hypnotherapy practitioner, also known as a hypnotherapist. There are many benefits to choosing this kind of hypnotherapy, including having a professional keep you on track with your IBS relief goals.

Many people enjoy this kind of hypnotherapy because it has similarities to other in-person healthcare models, like psychotherapy or counseling. However, before booking an in-person hypnotherapist, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind.

Hypnotherapy in Australia, America, and many other parts of the world, is not a regulated profession. This means hypnotherapists are not legally required to meet service standards or receive any specific medical training.  

In-person hypnotherapy for IBS can cost up to US$250 per session. While some practitioners may be cheaper, buyers beware: the quality of in-person hypnotherapy can vary greatly.

Before booking a hypnotherapist, ensure that the practitioner:

  • has appropriate credentials. Because hypnotherapy isn’t a licensed profession, some hypnotherapists will only have completed a short online course while others will have medical degrees with specialized hypnotherapy training.  

Before booking an IBS hypnotherapy session, ask if your practitioner has a medical degree, (i.e., a gastroenterologist, a psychologist, or a dietitian) and additional certified hypnotherapy training.  

Audio-hypnotherapy for IBS

Some people will choose to buy or download audio hypnotherapy recordings as a cost-effective way to start IBS hypnotherapy. Recordings may cost as little as US$8.

Many hypnotherapy websites provide an audio-download option, however, as these offerings are not regulated the quality and benefits of this kind of hypnotherapy can be questionable.

Some listeners may find the recordings are poor quality and hard to become absorbed in.

IBS hypnotherapy app

Therapeutic apps can be the best option for people starting their IBS hypnotherapy journey.
However, similar to choosing an in-person specialist, it’s important to check the credentials of hypnotherapy apps before purchasing.

The market leader in hypnotherapy apps is Nerva. This IBS hypnotherapy app was created by world-leading IBS specialist, Dr Simone Peters from Monash University, the same university that developed the low FODMAP diet.

As a qualified gastroenterologist and hypnotherapist, Dr Peters was able to replicate the benefits of her in-person practice in app-based form, to provide cost-effective relief for people with IBS.

IBS hypnotherapy apps can vary greatly in price. However, for a quality app that replicates the therapeutic environment, you can expect to pay around US$20 a month. Some apps, like Nerva, also provide a seven-day trial, so you can test out the program before committing.

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IBS self-hypnosis

Some people will choose to practice self-hypnosis in which they teach themselves how to enter a hypnotic state and use their own imagery and suggestions.

To get started with this option, you may wish to book a few sessions with a professional to teach you the basics, take a short course on hypnosis techniques, or self-guide your education with popular hypnotherapy books.

Self-hypnosis is free to use besides the initial set-up costs required to learn the practice (i.e., books, courses, or sessions).  

It’s important to note, however, that while self-hypnosis can be a more affordable option, some people find it difficult to maintain a regular practice on their own or find themselves unable to fully relax during their self-hypnosis sessions.

Costs and availability of different IBS hypnotherapy providers

The Wrap Up

Getting started with hypnotherapy can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t understand how it works or who to choose for your hypnotherapy services. To begin, take some time to learn about the different hypnotherapy options (self-hypnosis, in-person, audio recordings, or app-based hypnotherapy) and decide what would work best for you.

Some people find that app-based hypnotherapy is a good option, as it provides an effective, affordable, scientifically-backed entry point to hypnotherapy. However, no matter how you choose to get started with hypnotherapy for IBS, make sure you take the time to learn about the practice and ensure that your provider is properly qualified.

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Could it be IBS?
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Calm IBS in 6 weeks
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Created by Dr Simone Peters
What if you could calm IBS in just 6 weeks?
Diet and drug free program
50,000+ people helped
Created by Dr Simone Peters from Monash Univeristy
Could it be IBS?
Take the quiz to find out.
Calm IBS in 6 weeks
Diet and drug free program
50,000+ people helped
Created by Dr Simone Peters
Calm IBS in 6 weeks
Diet and drug free program
50,000+ people helped
Created by Dr Simone Peters
Calm IBS in 6 weeks
Diet and drug free program
50,000+ people helped
Created by Dr Simone Peters
Calm IBS in 6 weeks
Diet and drug free program
50,000+ people helped
Created by Dr Simone Peters
Manage IBS with gut-directed hypnotherapy
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Sleep better, without hormones
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Low risk
Evidence based
Manage hot flashes in just five weeks
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Manage hot flashes without hormones
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