Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


As many as one in five of the adult population, have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders. It occurs more often in women than in men and many are unable to find a treatment that brings relief.

IBS is characterized most frequently by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea.  IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress. Although the condition is often regarded as minor, for some people, the symptoms can seriously affect their quality of life. Although stress does not cause IBS, stressful messages along the brain-gut axis contribute to the symptoms and make them worse.

Prior to your consultation you will be asked to fill in and return a comprehensive diet and lifestyle questionnaire and we will work together to  build a programme designed to address your individual symptoms and needs to help free you from this frustrating and debilitating condition.


Moya’s Approach…

An Integrated Approach

Moya’s training and experience in both nutrition and cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical hypnotherapy provides a unique insight into this frustrating and disabling disorder. As the factors contributing to IBS are complex and often rooted in an individual’s physiological state, lifestyle and diet, a patient specific holistic approach which addresses all of these areas and stress management can succeed where conventional methods fail.


Gut Directed Hypnotherapy

Although simple dietary changes can prove very helpful in treating IBS, for those patients with more complex or long standing IBS issues together with dietary and lifestyle advice, Moya offers Gut Directed Hypnotherapy. Moya’s programme follows the approach of Professor Peter Whorwell which has a proven success rate of over 80% when treating IBS symptoms. 

Gut directed hypnotherapy is a special form of hypnotherapy developed for IBS and digestive disorders pioneered by Dr. P.J. Whorwell at the University Hospital of South Manchester. It uses the therapeutic qualities of hypnotherapy such as deep relaxation combined with gut-specific suggestions. Gut-directed hypnotherapy appears to change the way the brain modulates gut activity and laboratory tests have shown that under hypnosis, gut sensitivity is reduced.

Over a decade of scientific research has shown gut-directed hypnotherapy to be one of the most successful approaches for chronic IBS. In most published studies 1.2 eight out of ten patients reported feeling 80% better following a course of treatment.



1. Gonsalkorale WM, Miller V, Afzal A, Whorwell PJ. Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome. Gut. 2003 Nov: 52 (11): 1623-9.

2. Whorwell PJ; Prior A; Faragher EB. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome. The Lancet 1984, 2: 1232-4.


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