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Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy

Easing Symptoms of Digestive Tract Disorders to Improve Comfort and Quality of Life

Most people have felt the nervous sensation of “butterflies” in the stomach or nausea in the face of bad news. These experiences demonstrate the deep connection between the brain and the gut, which strongly influence one another.

For patients with irritable bowel syndrome or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating or bowel problems, treating the mind through medical hypnotherapy may help to calm those symptoms and improve the function of the digestive tract.

How Does Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy Work?

Gut-directed hypnotherapy uses medical hypnosis to specifically target troubling gut symptoms and help patients find relief.

Recognized by the American Medical Association since the 1950s, medical hypnotherapy or hypnosis has been proven effective in treating a variety of medical conditions. It is not the same as stage hypnosis. During a session, you are in control and aware of everything happening around you. You cannot be made to do anything against your will and will not reveal anything you wish to keep private.

During hypnotherapy, you are seated comfortably in a chair. Our trained practitioner, physician assistant Angela Gieseler, will verbally guide you into a state of focused inner absorption and relaxation. She will then introduce gut-directed imagery and suggestions. You will be relaxed, comfortable, and guided to use your own mind and thoughts to improve your symptoms.

After a session, you may feel drowsy or mildly disoriented for a few minutes, but most patients feel relaxed and refreshed. Sessions last 30-45 minutes and are typically scheduled every 2-3 weeks. A total of 7-10 sessions may be required for optimal benefit. Short audio recordings may be provided for daily listening at home.

Is It Effective?

Evidence from decades of studies overwhelmingly shows that gut-directed hypnotherapy significantly improves gastrointestinal symptoms and quality of life. It works best in conjunction with medical therapy and with patients who are motivated to feel better. More than 75% of patients report improvement in symptoms with lasting results.

Meet Our Provider

Angela Gieseler, PA-C

Appointments by referral only. Talk to your doctor about gut-directed hypnotherapy.


Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion I
2325 Dougherty Ferry Road, Suite 102
St. Louis, MO 63122
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