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Help IBS patients address their gut-brain connection

Developed from Monash University research, refer Nerva’s digital program for irritable bowel syndrome management.
No waitlist
Effective, clinically validated program
Complements dietary therapies
Refer a patient to Nerva today or sign up to receive your clinician app access, personalized onboarding, and clinician pack.

Trusted by 5,000+ professional healthcare practitioners

Erin O'Neill

Dietitian, Diet VS. Disease

“In my experience, I find that most of my patients are open to an intervention like Nerva because so many want to feel better right away.”

Dr. Shamistra Barathan

Integrative Health, GP, Mint Clinic

“While I've been aware of gut-directed hypnotherapy for many years, I was happy to stumble across the Nerva app as it's so hard for patients to receive in-person therapy like this because it's expensive, waiting lists are long, and often patients need help much quicker."

Miriam Mullard

Dietitian, MacMurray Centre

“Using Nerva helps my clients manage their anxiety more effectively which in turn has a positive effect on functional gut symptoms.”

Michael Smith

Naturopath, Planet Naturopath

“All I said [to one patient] was,  ‘Give Nerva a go’, and it made a massive difference.”

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Learn more about Nerva’s clinically validated gut-directed hypnotherapy program and its benefits for your patients. Find out who’s the right fit and start referring your IBS patients today.
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The Gut-Brain Connection

IBS is a disorder of the gut-brain interaction (DGBI). Exacerbated by altered communications along the gut-brain axis, foods high in FODMAPs and anxiety & stress can trigger a flare-up of gut symptoms.

Nerva helps patients address these miscommunications by regulating the signals sent between their brain and gut via the vagus nerve, breaking the stress-symptom cycle by calming their mind and body.

What is the Nerva program?

Nerva is a gut-directed hypnotherapy program accessible to your patients via a mobile app. Lasting
15 minutes per day, the program leads them through
six weeks of daily hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, and enhanced relaxation strategies (diaphragmatic breathing).

After the first six weeks, patients transition to the maintenance plan for ongoing post-program support to maintain and improve their results. After a 7-day trial, Nerva is billed annually as a 12-month subscription, which includes the six-week core program, ongoing maintenance plan, and unlimited app access.

Clinically backed program

64% of patients see clinically meaningful improvement in symptom management.1

Complements dietary therapies

Patients can follow a low FODMAP diet at the same time.

Track patient progress

Receive patient progress reports to track improvements, monitor for setbacks, and lend support.

Daily audio sessions

15 minutes a day for 6 weeks.
Short and relaxing sessions that fit with your patient’s schedule.

Daily insights & tools from IBS experts

Patients learn about IBS with a range of easy-to-understand in-app articles.

Flare-up tool kit when needed

Access to helpful and calming flare-up exercises, like our deep breathing techniques.

Nerva has been referred by over 5,000 healthcare providers globally.
64% of patients see clinically meaningful improvement in symptom management.1
Over 150,000 patients have used Nerva to manage their IBS symptoms.

Dr. Simone Peters

Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University
Director, Mind + Gut Clinic

Research outcomes of GDH

In a randomized control trial from Monash University, the durable effects of gut-directed hypnotherapy were similar to those of the low FODMAP diet for relieving gastrointestinal symptoms.2

Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been proven through research to provide long-lasting effects and bring psychological relief to patients whose symptoms are exacerbated by stress.3

Did you know?

The American College of Gastroenterology4, The Medical Journal of Australia5 and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence6 recommend gut-directed hypnotherapy as part of the IBS management protocol.

How to refer Nerva

Referring Nerva is easy – your patients can download the app and start today.


Identify an IBS patient.


Your patient downloads the Nerva app directly from the App Store or Google Play.


They then add you as their healthcare provider and start a free 7-day trial.

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[1] Peters, S.L., Gibson, P.R. and Halmos, E.P. (2023) ‘Smartphone app‐delivered gut‐directed hypnotherapy improves symptoms of self‐reported irritable bowel syndrome: A retrospective evaluation’, Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 35(4). doi:10.1111/nmo.14533.
[2] Peters, S., et al., Randomised clinical trial: the efficacy of gut‐directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, 2016. 44(5): p. 447-459.
[3] Gonsalkorale, W.M., et al., Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome. Gut, 2003. 52(11): p. 1623.
[4]Lacy BE, Pimentel M, Brenner DM, et al. ACG Clinical Guideline: Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol. 2021;116(1):17-44. doi:10.14309/ajg.0000000000001036
[5] Linedale EC, Andrews JM. Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome: a guide for the generalist. Medical Journal of Australia. 2017;207(7):309-315. doi:
[6] (2008). Recommendations | Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management | Guidance | NICE. [online] Available at: