Archives for IBS

The symptoms of IBS

The intensity of symptoms varies from person to person but typical symptoms of IBS can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • A feeling of being bloated
  • Alternating diarrhoea and constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

None of these symptoms are exclusive to irritable bowel syndrome and if you suspect you have irritable bowel syndrome, it is important to seek medical advice to make sure your symptoms are not caused by any other illness.

FAQ IBS and hypnotherapy

IBS and Hypnotherapy, what clients ask

Hypnosis and IBS

These are some of the common questions asked by clients about IBS, hypnotherapy and the relief from IBS program at New Farm Hypnotherapy:

  1. Is there evidence that hypnotherapy is effective in treating IBS:
    Yes. University and hospital trials have been conducted in the UK, the USA and in Australia and all have found hypnotherapy to be as or more effective than any other treatment for IBS. All of the Antoine Matarasso, Glen Duffy and Geoff Sweeting have all received specific training in the treatment of IBS.
  2. What is hypnotherapy?
    Click here for a detailed explanation of clinical hypnotherapy.
  3. Is this a personalised program?
    Absolutely, we have a fundamental belief that all of our clients are unique and have individual needs, this is why we spend time individualised treatment for each client.
  4. How long will it take for me to experience a change in my condition?
    Many clients experience relief from their IBS symptoms during the first session, and within 2 – 3 sessions you should experience a significant lessening of any IBS symptoms. You will also feel less anxious and enjoy better health and wellbeing.
  5. How may sessions will I need and over how long?
    Generally relief from IBS is a 6 session program undertaken over 9 – 10 weeks. Your first 3 sessions will be weekly and the remaining every two weeks. Many clients also request a follow-up appointment which we arrange for 3 months after your course of treatment has ended. This enables you and your therapist to evaluate your ongoing progress. This schedule can be modified to suit your individual circumstances.
  6. What will I do in between sessions?
    After each session you will be provided with a self hypnosis CD program which you will use at home to make the most of each consultation. These will also teach you skills which you will be able to use after your treatment is completed.
  7. How will I keep the improvements made during treatment?
    Your therapist will teach you techniques that you can use to overcome any symptoms you may experience in the future. These include self-hypnosis and NLP techniques as well as the CD programs provided. We are available by email, phone or in person should you need further help.
  8. How much does the Relief from IBS program cost?
    The program consists of six 90 minute hypnotherapy sessions, 5 self-hypnosis CDs and printed materials, the total cost of the program is $895.00 if paid session by session. If sessions are pre-paid the cost is $825.00.
  9. Are private health fund rebates applicable?
    Some health insurance funds allow you to claim part of the cost of hypnotherapy programs. Any rebate differs between funds and is subject to review by funds on an annual basis. If you have private health cover and a rebate is important to you please check with your health insurance fund.
  10. Is hypnotherapy for IBS safe?
    Hypnotherapy is a gentle, safe and natural treatment with no side effects and no medication. This makes hypnotherapy an ideal choice for those who are frail or may have other medical conditions. New Farm Hypnotherapy does not provide medical advice and encourage clients experiencing symptoms of IBS to consult their GP or treating physician.
  11. How do I make an appointment to start the program?
    To start the program you can call New Farm Hypnotherapy on 07 3254 1373, email appointments at or fill in the form below. If you still have questions or need more information we’d be happy to book a free 15 minute for you to speak with one of our therapists.

 Relief from IBS Enquiry Form

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Published research about using hypnosis to treat IBS

More that 20 research papers have been published since 1984 outlining the efficacy of using hypnosis when treating irritable bowel syndrome. Some of these include:Hypnotherapy and IBS

  • Whorwell PJ; Prior A; Faragher EB. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome. The Lancet 1984
    Professor Whorwell’s study is the earliest and perhaps the best study in this research area to date. He conducted a placebo-controlled trial which showed a significant contrast in response between patients who received hypnosis treatment against the placebo group. Thirty patients with severe symptoms unresponsive to other treatment were randomly chosen. Half received seven sessions of hypnotherapy  and half seven sessions of psychotherapy and placebo pills. The group receiving psychotherapy showed some improvement in abdominal pain and distension but no improvement in bowel activity. The  group receiving hypnotherapy showed a dramatic improvement in all symptoms. This group showed no relapses after a thee-month follow up.
    The methods used at New Farm Hypnotherapy are based on these Manchester trials.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome–Induced Agoraphobia
    Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches. With patients who have severe chronic IBS, it was Hypnotherapy patients that showed dramatic improvement in all measures, and they maintained that improvement at a two year follow-up. (1)
    There are a number of clinical studies and a body of research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Likewise, there exists research demonstrating the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of IBS. However, there is little written about the integration of CBT and hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS and a lack of clinical information about IBS-induced agoraphobia. This paper describes the etiology and treatment of IBS-induced agoraphobia. Cognitive, behavioral, and hypnotherapeutic techniques are integrated to provide an effective cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy (CBH) treatment for IBS-induced agoraphobia. This CBH approach for treating IBS-induced agoraphobia is described and clinical data are reported. (2)
    (1) Whorwell P.J; Prior A; Faragher E.B. (1988 & 1987). Whorwell, P.J., Prior, A. & Faragher, E.B. (1984). “Controlled Trial of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Severe Refractory Irritable-Bowel Syndrome.” Lancet, pp. 1232-1234. Whorwell, P.J., Prior, A. & Colgan, S.M. (1987). “Hypnotherapy in Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Further Experience.” Gut, 28, 423-425.
    (2) Golden W.L. (2000) The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Volume 55, Number 2 – April 2000
  • Lindfors et al, Am J Gastroenterol. 2012  Effects of gut-directed hypnotherapy on IBS in different clinical settings-results from two randomised, controlled trials. This pair of controlled research trials in Sweden investigated the effects of 12 sessions of gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS in two different clinical settings. In study 1, 90 patients were randomly assigned to receive either hypnotherapy or supportive therapy in psychology private practices, whereas in the second study 48 patients were randomly assigned to either gut-directed hypnotherapy or a waiting list in a small county hospital. Gastrointestinal symptom severity and quality of life were evaluated at baseline, at 3 months follow-up and after 1 year. In both the studies, IBS-related symptoms were improved at 3 months in the hypnosis groups but not in the control groups. In study 1, hypnosis produced a significantly greater improvement in IBS symptom severity than in the control group (P<0.05), and a trend in the same direction was seen in study 2. The benefits from hypnosis treatment seen at 3 months were sustained up to 1 year.
  • Where does hypnotherapy stand in the management of irritable bowel syndrome? A systematic review. Gholamrezaei A, Ardestani SK, Emami MH.Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of any organic cause. Despite its prevalence, there remains a significant lack of efficient medical treatment for IBS to date. However, according to some previous research studies, hypnosis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of IBS.

    Aim: To determine the definite efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

    Methods: A systematic review of the literature on hypnosis in the treatment of IBS from 1970 to 2005 was performed using MEDLINE. Full studies published in English were identified and selected for inclusion. We excluded case studies and those studies in which IBS symptoms were not in the list of outcome measures. All studies were reviewed on the basis of the Rome Working Team recommendations for design of IBS trials.

  • Results: From a total of 22 studies, seven were excluded. The results of the reviewed studies showed improved status of all major symptoms of IBS, extracolonic symptoms, quality of life, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore these improvements lasted 2-5 years.Conclusions: Although there are some methodologic inadequacies, all studies show that hypnotherapy is highly effective for patients with refractory IBS, but definite efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of IBS remains unclear due to lack of controlled trials supporting this finding.
    Source: Clinical Hypnotherapy Research Group, Medical Student Research Committee, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Isfahan, Iran.


What is IBS?

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Research into IBS

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