Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis) involves utilising the power of the clients own mind combined with positive suggestion by a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist during a state of deep relaxation.
It is the most widely used mind and body intervention for IBS.
According to multiple systematic reviews of the research literature, hypnotherapy may be a helpful treatment for managing IBS symptons.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a specialised form of hypnosis that uses hypnotic induction with progressive relaxation and other techniques, followed by imagery directed toward the gut and this is a popular and effective treatment.
Several studies of hypnotherapy for IBS have shown substantial long-term improvement of gastrointestinal symptons as well as anxiety, depression, disability and quality of life.