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Bruni Brewin JP

Australian Hypnotherapists Association -

President Emeritus – AHA (Life)

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The study clearly demonstrated that hypnotherapy remains an extremely effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome which should prove more cost-effective as new, more expensive drugs come on to the market.  It may be less useful in males with diarrhoea-predominant bowel habit.

I have taught this method in workshops to hypnotherapists, gastroenterologists and dieticians -

Having been in contact with one of the researchers, Wendy Gonsalkorale  who kindly shared their research with me, including the hypnosis that was used.

Here is what Professor Peter Whorwell says:  Cited:  -  click on picture[s]


Dr Sue Shepherd, of Shepherd Works developed the low FODMAP diet in 2001. She has proven, through her pioneering PhD research, that limiting dietary FODMAPs is an effective treatment for people with symptoms of IBS. The low FODMAP diet has been published in international medical journals and is now accepted and recommended as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS.

FODMAP* is an acronym for;


Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galactans),

Disaccharides (eg. Lactose),   

Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose)


Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt).  

Find out more about Dr. Sue Shepherd here

And you can listen to Sue on utube here

If you click on this link here it will take you to a one page of those foods to avoid and those that are safe.  For more individual help seeing a dietician that knows about FODMAP can more specifically guide you to the foods for your particular problem.

You might want to pass this information on to your own doctor and discuss it with them.

Gastroenterologist, Professor Peter Gibson, an honorary member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, and Simone Peters talks about hypnotherapy here

In the meantime if this is a problem you suffer with, why not give me a call or make an appointment on the booking page to see how I can help you.  Or if you have any further questions write to me from the ‘contact’ page here…


In my own practice I have found that most client’s IBS started after a stressful event, unlike Professor Whorwell, I do look at hypnotherapy releasing any triggering events from past happenings, as well as teaching you how to use your mind in self hypnosis to change how your gut works.

Quote:  "The health of your body influences what you experience in your mind. There is no split.  If you can engage your whole spirit in the pursuit of total fitness - not just your intellect, not just your emotions - but instead everything inside you that is truly you, you'll discover what it is to be a whole person." ~David Patchell-Evans

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Hypnosis -

   A large-scale UK study of 250 people suffering from acute long term Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) participated in 12 sessions of hypnotherapy that clearly demonstrated that hypnotherapy significantly reduced their symptoms and improved their quality of life.  There were also the additional benefits, for most participants, in that they experienced a noticeable reduction in feelings of anxiety and depression.     

Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in a number of previous research studies. This has led to the establishment of the first Unit in the UK staffed by six therapists which provides this treatment as a clinical service.

In some cases, symptoms can be so severe  that IBS sufferers find themselves having problems coping with work.   They don’t find it easy to socialise as they may have bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, emit smelly gasses and noises - leaving the sufferer miserable and depressed.

Marked improvement was seen in all symptom measures, quality of life, anxiety and depression, in keeping with previous studies.

Antidepressants for IBS

Hypnosis for IBS

Medications for IBS

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