Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, and multiple high quality medical studies have shown it to be as good as or better conventional medical therapy with IBS drugs. Hypnotherapy specifically for IBS was pioneered by P. J. Whorwell in the 1980s, and all IBS hypnotherapy script are based at least partially on his research. ‘Bowel Hypnotherapy’ for IBS symptoms uses general hypnotherapy techniques such as focused relaxation, deepeners, progressive relaxation and others as well as GUT focused or bowel hypnotherapy, where the suggestions are focused on bowel motility, or changing the way the gut moves and functions to decrease IBS symptoms of bloating, IBS pain and discomfort, and constipation or diarrhea.
Hypnotherapy should be done by a skilled practitioner familiar with IBS protocols. In our IBS program, we use a combination of live hypnotherapy sessions, customized recordings, as well as teaching clients how to self hypnotize to control IBS symptoms and even eliminate them!