How it works

Oversensitive nerves trigger IBS symptoms

75% of people with IBS have oversensitive nerves in their gut. When they eat 'trigger' foods, these nerves send messages to their brain, warning that something is wrong. The brain then responds by causing pain, diarrhea, constipation and wind.
Eating trigger foods like FODMAPs
Oversensitive nerves in your gut
Sends warning signals to brain
Brain triggers IBS symptoms

Butterflies in your stomach?

When we get stressed or anxious, our body goes into 'fight-or-flight mode', leading to less blood flow to the stomach causing the 'butterfly' feeling and the need to go to the toilet. For people with IBS (and their sensitive gut-nerves) this feeling is thought to be exacerbated, triggering IBS symptoms.

The gut-brain connection

Your gut is a second brain filled with 500 million neurons. Through a superhighway of neurotransmitters, serotonin and the vagus nerve, your gut and brain communicate with each other. Think of IBS as a miscommunication between the gut and the brain, where the gut is sending the wrong messages to the brain.

Gut-directed hypnotherapy fixes this miscommunication

Hypnotherapy uses the gut-brain connection to help you change how your brain responds to these messages, essentially 'desensitizing' your gut to these triggers. Hypnotherapy differs from other therapies like CBT that target the conscious mind, instead working on a subconscious level (this is why it works for both food and mental triggers, unlike other therapies).

Nerva uses a 6-week gut-directed hypnotherapy approach, designed at Monash University

Dr Peters designed her 6-week gut-directed hypnotherapy approach at Monash University, where she lead a clinical study that found it can help people manage their symptoms as effectively as the gold-standard low FODMAP elimination diet.
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