IBS is a chronic disorder characterised by a malfunction in the way the bowel works and involves a set of symptoms varying from person to person, often including stomach cramps and pain, bloating, and diarrhoea or constipation amongst others.


Not surprisingly, these impact greatly on the person and their life, and because of this IBS is often associated with stress and anxiety as well as low mood and depression. Positive Change Hypnotherapy in Bolton offers Gut-Directed Clinical Hypnotherapy treatment for IBS.

The NHS has long recognised clinical hypnotherapy as being effective and one of the leading therapies for treatment of IBS based on the best available evidence, first published as long ago as the 1980s.


NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), the government body which provides national guidance and advice to the NHS based on research and evidence outlines that:


“hypnotherapy should be considered for people with IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile (described as refractory IBS)”


NICE (February 2015) Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

in primary care. Guideline CG61

Professor Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine at the University of Manchester and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service has been using hypnotherapy to treat IBS for over 20 years.


Professor Whorwell has found success rates of 70%-95% in his studies and noted that clinical hypnotherapy reduces all of the IBS symptoms whereas medication reduces only a few. He noted that clinical hypnotherapy was the ideal treatment for IBS as it causes no structural damage to the body. He concludes that clinical hypnotherapy is an extremely effective treatment for the condition.


As reported by the BBC, Dr Roland Valori, a Consultant at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, a Clinical Director at the Royal College of Physicians, and Founding Editor of Frontline Gastroenterology (an international journal published jointly by the British Medical Associations BMJ Group and the British Society of Gastroenterology) stated about hypnotherapy:


“It is pretty clear to me that it has an amazing effect.”


Dr Valori found that of the first 100 patients treated for IBS with clinical hypnotherapy, symptoms improved significantly for 9 out of 10.


Dr Valori began referring IBS patients for clinical hypnotherapy in the early 1990s and has found it to be highly effective, noting "To be frank, I have never looked back.” He thinks that if hypnotherapy were used more widely it could possibly save the NHS money while improving patient care.



I have a caring and professional approach. I use clinical hypnotherapy in Bolton based on the best research evidence and practice and focused on your needs. This is usually based around:


  • relaxation

  • your body’s natural ability for healing

  • pain control

  • managing stress and anxiety 

  • improving the functioning of the bowel


The programme is bespoke for you. It is based on how the condition affects you and is responsive to your needs.


You can also benefit as clinical hypnotherapy is recognised as continuing to be effective after treatment has ended and has no side effects, unlike medication.








You may wish to read the BBC report relating to Dr Valori’s work here:





Success rates of 70-95% are found in published research papers:


Whorwell, P. J., Prior, A. and Colgan, S. M. (1987) Hypnotherapy in severe irritable bowel syndrome: further experience. Gut. April, 28 (4), pp.423-425. (reports success rates of up to 95%)


Whorwell, P. J., Prior, A. and Faragher, E. B. (1984) Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable bowel syndrome. The Lancet. 2, pp.1232-1234. 


Gonsalkorale, W. M., Cooper, P., Cruikshanks, P., Miller, V., Randles, J., Whelan, V., Houghton, L. A. and Whorwell, P. J. (1999) Hypnotherapy for severe irritable bowel syndrome: Gender differences in response? Gastroenterology. 116, A999. 


The following article summarises research findings and reported success rates from approximately 70–95% in all studies with a significant number of patients, citing studies above:


Palsson, O. S. Hypnosis Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. 171.

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Stuart Rose (Bsc) Hons 1st Class - Psychology, HPD, PNLP, PG Cert CBT and Counselling, MNCH.

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