There's a lot of hope among sufferers about an innovative program using hypnotherapy to produce substantial and long lasting reversal of IBS symptoms. This program has been used in conjunction with medical treatment in the US over the past 20 or so years to restore normal digestive function.
After 12-20 weeks of hypnotherapy, 94% are symptom-free
The theory underlying the hypnosis for IBS program
In the IBS sufferer, this muscle teamwork has simply lost its coordination. Muscles are out of sync. They squeeze fecal matter too quickly or too slowly, causing the host of uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.
Hypnotic theory suggests that if the unconscious mind did this once, it can be used to re-train the systems controlled by the autonomic nervous system to digest properly again. When the re-training is complete, the symptoms disappear because the gut is working in harmony just as it has evolved to do.