Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome, says gastroenterologist

I was certified to work with Irritable Bowel Syndrome by my good friend, Melissa Roth,  www.tranceworkers.com who has been working with sufferers all over the country for twenty years.  A few clients have sought me out for this condition, but not as many as I would have liked to help, and certainly not as many as work with me for other medical conditions, like surgical prep and post-op.  For me, working with medical conditions is not just about making a living.  Rather, I see hypnosis as very empowering for people dealing with any medical condition.  To see someone’s face light up when they REALLY get that their body is controlled by their mind, so if they change their thoughts, they can change their biology, is nothing short of miraculous.

So, thank you, BBC, for posting this article.  Be sure to read this one, too, about changes that occur to the hypnotized mind.


Greater use of hypnotherapy to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would help sufferers and might save money, says a gastroenterologist.

Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his patients treated, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10.

He said that although previous research has shown hypnotherapy is effective for IBS sufferers, it is not widely used.

This may be because doctors simply do not believe it works.

Widely ignored

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut problem which can cause abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes diarrhoea or constipation.

Dr Valori, of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said the research evidence which shows that hypnotherapy could help sufferers of IBS was first published in the 1980s.

He thinks it has been widely ignored because many doctors find it hard to believe that it does work, or to comprehend how it could work.

It is pretty clear to me that it has an amazing effect
Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology

He began referring IBS patients for hypnotherapy in the early 1990s and has found it to be highly effective.

Click the link below to read the rest of the IBS article.


3 thoughts on “Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome, says gastroenterologist

  1. Hi Kathy,

    I would love to hear more about your experience with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. I heard about you from the hypnosis forum wehypnosis.com and I am one of many people which have been working with patients in this area.

    Could you share your results in general?

    Keep up the fantastic work, Kathy. Perhaps see you on the forums.


  2. i have to say that ive suffered for many years with this and find the information here fantastic, great to know im not alone out there, thank you.

  3. Hi, James, sorry I don’t have a large list of client results. IBS is not a focus for me, but everyone I have worked with has achieved some improvement (ranked around 50% improved) to complete healing. If you want to talk to someone who has lots of results to share I recommend talking to Melissa Roth at tranceworkers.com. My specialty is anxiety. thanks for writing! Kathy

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