Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Overview

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15% of the population, leading to symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy has recently emerged as an alternative to elimination diets (like low FODMAP) in improving IBS symptoms.

What is Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy?

Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy is a type of psychological treatment becoming highly focused and relaxed with a hypnotherapist, who then provides suggestions to your subconscious that can help to improve the control and normalisation of GI function. It differs from other psychological therapies like CBT, which are aimed at the conscious mind and are more effective for just emotional triggers like stress and anxiety.

How does it work? The Gut-Brain Connection.

The exact mechanism of Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy for IBS is fully know but it's thought to have multiple potential mechanisms of action on the brain-gut axis, including:
Reducing the oversensitivity of the gut.
Increasing the speed food moves through the body (motility).
Reducing emotional triggers like stress and anxiety.
Preventing unnecessary focus on discomfort in the body.
A study by Monash University (creators of the gold-standard low FODMAP diet) found that Hypnotherapy was just as effective as their diet.

They both improved symptoms in 3 out of 4 people in 6 weeks, impressively maintained 6 months later.

A Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy Program

Start the Nerva program and download the companion app.
Listen to a 15 minute hypnotherapy session each day for 6 weeks.
Change how your gut responds to food & stress with the gut-brain connection.
Learn to manage your symptoms long-term.

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