Stress can impact our lives daily in many ways. Two of the most damaging ways are as a trigger for illness and by intensifying the symptoms of illness.

One of the illnesses stress triggers, and amplifies, is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).    



It's estimated 7% of New Zealanders are suffering with IBS

Did you know that IBS is the most common gastrointestinal (gut) disorder? It’s been estimated that IBS affects about 7% of New Zealanders and 10-15% of the worldwide population. It affects males, females, adults and children. More females than males suffer from it; this is believed to be related to female reproductive hormones.

IBS symptoms

IBS is characterised by frequent stomach pain associated with diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. What causes it is not fully understood or known. Symptoms tend to fluctuate, as in they come and go.

The symptoms of IBS are very treatable with hypnotherapy

So far, medicine has not been able to come up with a suitable treatment package for this costly and distressing illness. The good news is that research has found that the symptoms are very treatable with hypnotherapy.

The effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS has been rigorously tested

The effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS has been rigorously tested - especially that of the 'Manchester Model'. This model was developed by Dr Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist at the University of Manchester, and recognised leading expert in IBS treatment. Whorwell has been treating IBS for more than 35 years and sees about 2,000 IBS sufferers a year.

In his most recent study (2015) Whorwell looked at 1,000 patients with hard-to-treat IBS, and determined that hypnosis had helped 76% of them reduce their symptom severity by at least half. Altogether, Whorwell now has more than two dozen papers supporting the fact that hypnotherapy can help people’s symptoms of IBS. His research has found that the benefits of IBS hypnotherapy are long-lasting.

In America, a large review published in 2014 by the American Psychosomatic Society, found hypnosis brought a 54% improvement in patients with IBS who had not responded to conventional therapy.

Start enjoying life again

As a clinical hypnotherapist I have witnessed the life changing impact that hypnotherapy has helped people achieve. I use hypnosis to help people reducing and manage stress and pain. When helping IBS sufferers I work in parallel with the individual’s healthcare professionals to help the person to reduce the severity of the symptoms and to develop the symptom and pain management skills they need to start enjoying life again.


If you're one of the 7% is it time that you experienced the wonderful benefits of IBS hypnotherapy?

Helping people to live happier, healthier more fulfilled lives is my passion. For a complimentary phone consultation to explore how hypnotherapy can help you treat your IBS call me on 021 056 8389 or email with your name & number, or use the Book Now button below.

Go well Tony

REMEMBER - "When you change your mind you change your life."


Tony helps adults, teenagers and children live their lives free of unnecessary stress, anxiety and depression, and be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.