Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Gain control over IBS using Hypnosis

Recent studies in the UK and US have shown Hypnotherapy to be an extremely effective treatment for IBS. Up to 80% of patients showed improvements in their symptoms and quality of life. This leads to a reduction in their need for medication and fewer doctors’ visits. Although the primary cause of IBS is not usually stress alone, hypnosis appears to be very beneficial.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, is the most common gastro-intestinal complaint diagnosed in Australia. It is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits.
It affects approximately 15% if the adult population.
There is no specific diagnostic test.
Treatments are designed to relieve and reduce the symptoms.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is used to help you achieve a natural, relaxed and very focused state of mind. You are still aware of what is being said and you are in control. A trance state allows you to reduce stress, alter your perception of sensations and feel more comfortable. It works at the subconscious level of the mind.

What will the session be like?

Your therapist will ask you to sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes. They will then simply talk you into a very relaxed state. Hypnosis is a pleasant, day-dreamy state. Your body will probably be very relaxed but you will be more focused and aware than you normally are. You are always in control and you will normally remember what happens during the session although it may feel a little like a dream.

What benefits might I receive?

During your course of treatments you may experience:
• Relaxation and stress management leading to normal digestion
• Pain Management
• Breaking the “Fear-Tension-Pain” cycle
• Reducing anxiety and depression
• Creating visualisation for health and healing

Interview with Alison Burton on Hypnotherapy and IBS

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend having a course of between 4 and 7 sessions to acheive the best results.
Your Hypnotherapist may also recommend you have an appointment with one of our Naturopaths for extra support.

What people are saying

Despite initial reservations about the benefits of hypnotherapy the results achieved have been excellent and I have learnt techniques which are providing ongoing relief from most of my symptoms. I can highly recommend Simply Natural Therapies to anyone considering alternative methods of treatment
Alan, 58yo
(suffering IBS and gastric reflux)

My IBS symptoms have been significantly reduced and I can now control and manage them as a direct result of Alison’s patience and diligent therapeutic techniques
Jane 46yo

I am now much more aware of the role emotions have in my gastro-intestinal disorder and I am more aware of situations which cause my emotional stress and physical symptoms. These symptoms have now lessened and I am much more in control
Pauline 50yo IBS sufferer

My IBS meant I had to get off the train 2 or 3 times every morning on my way to work to go to the toilet. It was really awful. Now with the help of my self hypnosis CD and the sessions I have had at Simply Natural Therapies I travel non stop to work comfortably and feel so much more relaxed.
Shelley 23yo

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) are a whole group of problems that relate to disturbances of how the gut actually functions – without there being any inflammation, ulcers, cancers and so on. Symptoms commonly experienced include bloating, distension, abdominal pain and discomfort, altered bowel habits, tiredness, and ‘dyspepsia’ or ‘indigestion’. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a major one of these disorders. They affect at least 1 in 5 people to some extent.
The primary problem lies with the nervous system of the gut (enteric nervous system). This is a complex system that senses what is going on in the bowel (and lets the brain know), and dictates how fast food moves through the bowel, how much mixing occurs, and how often you open your bowels. In people with FGID, the enteric nervous system is oversensitive or disordered in other ways. We do not have easy ways of fixing this; sometimes, drugs have benefit, but we usually try to reduce the stimulation of the enteric nervous system by dietary changes. Another way of affecting the enteric nervous system is by changing how it is being stimulated by nerves that come from the brain and spinal cord. This may involve the use of relaxation techniques, psychological therapies or medication.
Hypnotherapy has effects on both the sensitivity of the enteric nervous system and on the brain’s influence over it. Hypnotherapy has been subject to extensive study, particularly in the UK, and this has clearly shown a substantial and lasting benefit in many sufferers of IBS or other FGID. As a Gastroenterologist, I have seen many of my patients benefit from hypnotherapy. It has now become an important therapeutic tool in our approach to helping people with FGID.”
Prof Peter Gibson
Professor of Medicine and Director of Gastroenterology, Eastern Health, Victoria

Click here to read Lisa’s experience after Hypnotherapy with Alison Burton

“General Practitioners, Specialists, tests, medication, diet & natural remedies only provided temporary relief to my ongoing IBS symptoms. I turned to Hypnotherapy as a last resort and after my first treatment experienced dramatic improvements in my daily symptoms.
Alison has enabled me to identify key incidents in my life which where triggering my IBS symptoms. I would highly recommend Hypnotherapy as a fantastic tool for anyone suffering with IBS or any other issue that may be impinging on their daily life.
I now feel as though I have regained control of my mind and body and cannot that Alison enough for helping me achieve this.
Thanks again,
Emilie Stabb”

Who offers our IBS Program?

Alison Burton