Just because you have been given a diagnosis of IBS (or any other condition for that matter), it doesn’t mean you have to “own” it. When you own it, there is a tendency to become it, living up to the expectations of the label that has haphazardly been thrust upon you.

IBS is simply a set of symptoms coming under the one banner of IBS. Nothing more. But certainly has the ability to be much less.

There is nothing organically wrong with your bowel so stop telling yourself there is.

There is such a thing called the Nocebo Effect, the lesser-known opposite of the Placebo Effect. The Placebo Effect successfully works because of the patients “belief” they are receiving medication that will cure their condition. The patient has in fact been given a sugar pill but because their belief in the pill/medication is so strong, the power of their mind overrides the condition and brings them back to full health.

The Nocebo effect is the negative effect the mind can have over a medical condition, either exacerbating it or bringing on an entire illness altogether.

In the 1970s, for example, doctors diagnosed a man with end-stage liver cancer, and told him he had just a few months to live. The patient did what he was told and promptly died in the predicted time frame. An autopsy showed the doctors had been mistaken, there was a tiny tumor, but it had not spread. It seemed the doctors' prognosis had been a death curse.

The stories you tell yourself and others about your body will determine your health. It’s that simple. The subconscious mind cannot determine good from bad, helpful from unhelpful. It simply acts upon the instructions from your thinking mind and if your thoughts own an illness, rest assured your body will too.

What do you tell yourself about your body and ailments every day? Becoming aware of these thought processes will be a strong turning point for you, a crucial one to initiate change.

The good news is that you are only one thought away from good health. Any moment you choose, you can take control and change your thoughts. Hypnotherapy can make this process much easier than it sounds.