Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Hypnotherapy


Across the UK, 1 in 5 people are affected by IBS to various degrees over a lifetime. Medical professionals often prescribe a change in diet, offering advice that can assist in the reduction of IBS symptoms.


There may also be specific medications that are able to reduce the debilitating symptoms, side effects and impact of having IBS. If medication is not an option, it is frequently advised that an IBS sufferer seeks out a “talking therapy” service to help ease their symptoms.


Hypnotherapy Clinic Newcastle can assist with this and with the treatment of IBS.

Irritable Bowel Symptoms

There are many different symptoms for sufferers of IBS depending on frequency and severity of flare-ups. People suffer in a variety of ways, but there are some symptoms which are more commonly suffered than others. These include:
  • Abdominal contractions, spasms or cramps;
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort;
  • Bloating;
  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Excess wind;
  • Indigestion;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting.

It is rare that sufferers of IBS will only have one of these symptoms as it is more common to suffer from multiple of these symptoms, including many others, at any one time.


The symptoms for IBS are variable and can be anything from mild, where the quality of life is not impacted too dramatically, all the way through the spectrum to very severe suffering, where medical attention is vital.


IBS can be a very frustrating medical condition to have, often because the symptoms are so varied and due to their being no absolute cure. Instead, often self-help treatments, changes in diet and therapies, including talking therapies, are recommended.

A Life with IBS

Anyone who suffers from IBS will tell you what a crippling complaint it is and they are not wrong.
When IBS strikes it can stop the sufferer from being able to complete even the most simple of tasks, even things which many take for granted, such as taking a walk, going shopping, being out for a meal.

Things that should be enjoyed are merely stressful situations. IBS causes serious discomfort, embarrassment, and pain to the sufferer. But what if it could be eradicated?

A Life without IBS

To be free from IBS, the symptoms and the side effects, the pain and anxiety cycles must first be broken. A very effective way of achieving this is to undergo hypnotherapy which has had positive, life-changing results for thousands of IBS sufferers.

It has been medically proven by research pioneer, Professor Whorwell, that hypnotherapy can be a very positive approach to addressing IBS. As a gastroenterologist based at Wythenshawe Hospital, Whorwell analysed how hypnotherapy impacted sufferers of IBS and researched how hypnotherapy could be used to manage IBS.
Even nearly 40 years ago, Whorwell’s findings are still insightful, proving that an excess of 60% of people suffering from IBS saw long term improvements when hypnotherapy was used as a treatment method.

In many of the cases Whorwell researched, it was found that no recurrence of IBS symptoms happened, as well as in some particular cases, IBS symptoms were eradicated fully.

The Medical Acceptance of Hypnotherapy in relation to IBS Treatment

Thanks to the pioneering research of Professor Whorwell, the wider medical profession has accepted the advantages that hypnotherapy can have as a treatment method for IBS. There is now a good amount of positive evidence supporting hypnotherapy for treating IBS well.


It has been proven to reduce IBS symptoms and, in many cases, has alleviated symptoms completely. If you or a family member suffer from IBS and the symptoms and side effects of it, it is good to know that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend hypnotherapy as an IBS treatment method.

How does Hypnotherapy help IBS?

It is a common fact that IBS symptoms are made worse when anxiety and stress levels are increased. As an IBS sufferer, it is difficult not to worry about your symptoms, become anxious and prevent stress from building up in relation to living life with such a chronic disease. But stress and anxiety levels make IBS worse. Sadly, it is a repetitive cycle, but thankfully, hypnotherapy can help.


Hypnotherapy is able to aid IBS symptoms in the following ways:

  • It gets to the root cause or causes of deep-rooted problems;
  • Provides tools to manage stress and anxiety;
  • Uses positive well-being change suggestions to reduce gut sensitivity;
  • Will increase confidence levels;
  • Breaks negative cycles leading to increased stress and anxiety.

How to choose the

To get the best from hypnotherapy, it is important that you find an NCH registered hypnotherapist for your treatment.

There are other things that should be taken into consideration when making your choice of therapist, too, including:

  • Looking at the Hypnotherapy Directory for specific, rated and specialist hypnotherapists;
  • Research a hypnotherapist;
  • See if the hypnotherapist has IBS listed as one of their treatments or specialities;
  • Phone up and ask questions specific to you, your condition and your IBS;
  • See if there is a hypnotherapist that will be able to treat you at times, on days and in locations suitable and easily accessible to you.

IBS Hypnotherapy in Newcastle

There are many hypnotherapists in Newcastle that offer a free initial consultation which you could take full advantage of. As long as you feel comfortable with them, you’re on to a winner.

Treatment Times

It has been proven that when treated on a one-to-one basis for either six, one hour sessions or 12 half-hour sessions, IBS symptoms are drastically reduced.


There are times where symptoms have been seen to reduce in fewer sessions, and even in just a single session. The hypnotherapist you choose for your treatment will monitor the progress you are making during every session you attend with them and will be able to make any recommendations they feel you would benefit from as further treatment.

What to Expect During Therapy?

  • All hypnotherapists take different approaches; find a therapist with an approach that works for you;
  • Set some goals before you attend your sessions;
  • Imagine what it is like to be free from IBS symptoms;
  • Make a list of all of the things you wish to do when IBS no longer holds you back;
  • Process your worries and fears;
  • Use self-hypnosis tools (“awake” hypnosis)
  • Use visualisations;
  • Some therapists recommend listening to a CD between sessions to enable you to keep your therapy at a consistent level.

Medics and Hypnotherapists

Before you begin your hypnotherapy treatment to aid your IBS, be sure to talk to your therapist about your medical history, IBS history and have the results of any tests previously undertaken at hand.

Once your Doctor has confirmed that you suffer from IBS, your therapist may write to them once you have given your consent for this to occur, so that they are aware that you are undergoing hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is available on the NHS in relation to IBS, and many GP surgeries across the country offer helpful services, too. If you are interested in using hypnotherapy to treat your IBS, mention it to your Doctor.

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