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It’s thought that around 5-10% of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) across the globe.

Although classified as a neurogastrointestinal disorder, the causes of IBS are poorly understood. The symptoms are thought to be the result of disturbances between how the brain, gut and the nervous system interact with each other.

Matt Jacobs at London Hypnosis has used hypnotherapy for 20 years to help alleviate the symptoms of IBS which can greatly improve the quality of life of IBS sufferers. 

Hypnotherapy can ease your IBS symptoms

Matt Jacobs at London Hypnosis has vast experience in treating IBS with hypnotherapy

Break the cycle 


Suffering from IBS can like a vicious circle. The symptoms: bloating, cramps, diarrhoea etc, can fire off anxiety and stress and worry. These responses then affect the gut and worsens the IBS which in turn creates more anxiety.

The thought of leaving the house and getting any of the above symptoms can often cause the sufferer to withdraw, which can seriously impact their quality of life.

Breaking this cycle can be instrumental in alleviating the symptoms of IBS and the resulting anxiety.

A study in 2002 by Lee et al: The Efficacy of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Using hypnotherapy, showed evidence that hypnotherapy has beneficial effects in improving gastrointestinal symptoms of patients with IBS.


mind and gut


In studying IBS, it is believed that the entire gut-brain axis is affected which is a bidirectional neurohumoral communication system which plays a vital role in maintaining homeostasis through the central nervous system. 

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy has an important role to play here.

Research published in the Gut Journal showed that 71% of participants responded well to gut directed hypnotherapy and did not deteriorate over time.

The research concluded that "the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years," thereby making it "a viable therapeutic option" in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

Participants in the research also reported taking fewer drugs and did not need to visit their GPs as frequently after receiving hypnotherapy.

reduce and calm


There is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, but in Matt’s experience, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can reduce the severity of the symptoms and be brought under control to the point where the condition is manageable and in some cases diminish them to the point of being unnoticeable.

Recognising external factors such as stress, depression or anxiety which can exacerbate irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and treating these with hypnotherapy is straight forward.

Underlying unconscious stress is sometimes harder to recognise at first and this is where hypnosis is ideally placed to help as it accesses the unconscious mind.

Matt Jacobs at London Hypnosis has helped hundreds of individuals break free from the cycle of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the resulting anxiety.


Break free from I.B.S with hypnosis


The power of self hypnosis is a key component of treating IBS at London hypnosis


"Can hypnotherapy help with IBS?" It’s a question Matt is asked on a regular basis by IBS sufferers. With his experience in treating IBS, the answer is yes, it can indeed help. This opinion is also backed by clinical research and evidence that has been done over the years that has looked at the efficacy of treating IBS with hypnotherapy.


An important part of Matt’s work when treating IBS is the teaching of self hypnosis. Empowering an IBS sufferer with this skill can not only reduce the symptoms of IBS but also help with anxiety stress and worry associated with the symptoms. 


Self hypnosis, when practised between hypnotherapy sessions can lessen the amount of appointments needed which is always the goal of Matt, I.E to help the client achieve their goals in a short a time scale as possible. Self hypnosis with IBS can be a multi faceted approach. From directing soothing sensations to the gut, using hypno-analgesia to calm cramps through to visualising being pain free and reducing anxiety and stress.


Matt’s multidisciplined approach to treating IBS with hypnotherapy is based on 20 years of clinical experience in what works and is effective. If you suffer from IBS, get in touch today to find out more about how London Hypnosis can help you.




London Hypnosis IBS Testimonials


Hear what our clients say about how hypnotherapy for IBS has helped them.

Names have been removed for total anonymity.

West End


My quality of life was really being impacted living with IBS. I had heard hypnotherapy could help but never really researched it until a friend recommended Matt to me. He taught me self hypnosis which not only helped me with my IBS but with other areas in my life where I was acting irrationally. 


Home Visit


I was diagnosed with IBS after having having every test under the sun and taking all sorts of medication, none of which ever worked for me. Matt came to home for my hypnotherapy sessions as I was finding it more and more difficult to leave the house. He massively reduced the IBS cramps I used to have. 




I developed IBS after my parents split up when I was at school. This was a very traumatic time for me. I sought help from Matt at London Hypnosis and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. He has not only helped me with my IBS but I’ve seen him for other issues  related to my chilhood as well now. 




I had hypnotherapy for IBS online with Matt. Right from the outset, I knew he was someone that I felt I could trust and open up to. He is very easy going and non judgemental. I don’t find it easy to talk about my issues, but Matt made the process one where I felt I was really listened to.



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