Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a type of hypnotherapy specifically used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. It is entirely safe and has been shown to be efficacious. Sessions are conducted while patients are in a light and relaxed subconscious state. Once in this state suggestions for the relaxation and control of gastrointestinal function are made. Metaphors for bringing about change are also used. This type of therapy differs from other forms of psychological treatment where therapy is done with the patient in a conscious state. Gut-directed hypnotherapy can be used in both adults and children.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy treatments aim to enhance brain-gut communication and improve the ability to switch off and relax.