Physical conditions that can be treated with hypnotherapy

Hypnosis has proved successful with more than just obvious areas such as stopping smoking or stopping unwanted habits. It has also been shown to successfully treat physical issues as well. Common conditions that have responded well to hypnosis and shown significant improvement include:

  • Irritable bowel Syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Weight management
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Pain management

Often, physical conditions are exacerbated by underlying stress or anxiety. If you suffer from any of these conditions you may have begun to notice a pattern in your symptoms, that they are often related to more demanding or stressful periods in your life.

Hypnosis can help you identify these triggers and to stop them happening.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, (IBS) is routinely treated with hypnosis, and is recommended as a treatment by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Evidence shows that over 60% of people show a significant improvement in their symptoms. Some hospitals and GPs surgeries offer hypnotherapy as a treatment; you may also find you are eligible for treatment under your health plan.

Skin Conditions

Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis have also responded well to hypnosis. Treatment for skin conditions will often be focused on visualisations of the problem behind the problem – e.g. stress. You might then be taught self-hypnosis and other techniques for reducing this stress in your life.

Weight Management

Managing weight loss is one of the most effective results of hypnotherapy. Rather than just reducing calories that you are likely to put on again in the longer term, hypnosis gets you in touch with the reasons why you unconsciously eat. If you are the type of person that struggles to stop after a small piece of chocolate and feels compelled to finish the packet then a hypnotherapist can help you understand why and help you create new healthy self-management techniques.

As well as stopping compulsive eating, hypnosis can increase your motivation for exercise. It can also help you reduce portion sizes so you lose weight healthily, steadily and for the long term. Losing weight with hypnosis is essentially about teaching you to feel good about yourself, whatever size you are. It focuses on making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle that will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Beware of hypnotherapists offering amazing weight loss in one session! Hypnosis for weight loss is about changing lifelong negative habits around food and body image; the best results are often when committing to a programme of treatment.


Insomniacs generally respond very well to hypnosis. A hypnotherapist can create a programme of personalised treatment that identifies your sleeping patterns and teaches you self-management techniques which make a big difference not just to how long you sleep but the quality of sleep you enjoy.

Research shows that hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment for insomnia.

Pain management

Hypnotherapy is often highly effective in dealing with pain management. In fact, people often undergo surgery and dental work using hypnosis as an anesthetic! Hypnosis techniques can be taught to you by your therapist to help you manage chronic pain as well as pain post-surgery. It has also been shown to reduce the post-operative recovery time on some surgical procedures. 

Research shows that hypnotherapy works well in particular with children who are undergoing chemotherapy. By using certain visualisations and stories children can be helped to manage their treatment in a gentle, empowering way.

What will I expect in a session?

If a hypnotherapist is working with you in relation to conditions such as migraines, IBS, or blood pressure it is likely they will ask if you have been treated by your Doctor so any medical problems can be properly ruled out. In some cases, your hypnotherapist will also write to your GP to inform them that you are undergoing treatment.

They will then work with you to uncover patterns in outbreaks, and using a wide range of a techniques work to reduce outbreaks and minimize the effects. You will usually be taught self-hypnosis and self-relaxation exercises as well.

How to find a hypnotherapist

Visit the NCH hypnotherapy directory to find a local hypnotherapist. It is important to feel comfortable with your hypnotherapist, so we recommend speaking to a couple you like the look of to find the right person for you.

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