[App] Nerva – IBS & Gut Hypnotherapy
Nerva is the easiest way to self-manage your IBS symptoms at home, without pills or diet change. Developed by experts, Nerva can help you learn to ‘fix’ the miscommunication between your gut and brain with a 6-week psychology-based program.
Nerva uses a proven psychological approach to IBS: gut-directed hypnotherapy. Examined in a study at Monash University (creators of the low FODMAP diet), this approach was found to work just as well as their elimination diet for managing IBS*.
How does it work?
Most people with IBS have visceral hypersensitivity, which means their gut is overly sensitive to certain foods and mood triggers. Nerva can help you learn how to address this miscommunication through audio-based gut-directed hypnotherapy in just a few weeks.
What you get:
An evidence-based hypnotherapy program designed by a world-leading expert to help you live well with IBS and learn to manage your symptoms
Interactive content with dozens of articles, guides & animations that help you learn to calm anxiety & stress
Intuitive streak tracking & to-do lists that keep you motivated and on-track
Tips & advice on how to enjoy a healthy gut and life
In-app chat support from real people
I have been using this app for 2 weeks now and have already started seeing results. The sessions are really high quality and the bite size readings each day have been really helpful. It takes some discipline to make sure I do it everyday but I would highly recommend giving it a go. – Nerva member
I have done it for 1 week and Im definitely buying the subscription. It really made a huge difference so far. – Nerva member
Peters, S.L. et al. (2016) “Randomised clinical trial: The efficacy of gut-directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low fodmap diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44(5), pp. 447–459. Available at: doi.org/10.1111/apt.13706.
Nerva is a general well-being and lifestyle tool designed to help people live well with diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is not intended as a treatment for IBS and does not replace care by your provider and IBS treatments you may be using.
Nerva is not a substitute for any medications. You should continue to take your medications as directed by your healthcare provider.
If you have any feelings or thoughts of harming yourself or others, please dial 911 (or local equivalent) or go to the nearest emergency room.
Any advice or other materials posted by Our employees, or other Users, is provided for general information purposes only. They are not intended to be relied upon and are not a substitute for professional medical advice based on your individual circumstances. You are solely responsible for deciding which of the suggested techniques can be found in the Nerva app to put into practice and the manner in which those techniques are applied.
Nerva uses gut-directed hypnotherapy techniques and is based on established clinical guidelines: journals.lww.com/ajg/fulltext/2021/01000/acg_clinical_guideline__management_of_irritable.11.aspx
For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions of Use: www.mindsethealth.com/terms-conditions-nerva-app
Nerva user reviews :
This app has Changed my LIFE! It’s Amazing how much my mental health has improved! I started to feel very different in week 2, happier, more in control of my choices of food, activities and wanting to look after my body. My IBS symptoms have improved too, I’m also following a low FODMAPS diet for a few weeks. This app is great for people with IBS, chronic stress and/or a dysregulated nervous system. The downside is the font size that’s too small, it can’t be changed, doesn’t have zoom in option.
Will not remind daily no matter how many times you change your settings. I have missed more than I truly meant to because the day gets away from me and I don’t have that visual reminder on my phone. The app itself is full of great info broken into small pieces. But the structure of the sessions leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t mind the scenes, but do wish I could choose the intro because sometimes I don’t want to look around the room or tense my body. The way it’s recorded, this could be done.
i have found that this is really improving my ibs symptoms and mental health just in the trial period. i like the meditation aspect. i like coaching and “get in touch ” options. The only thing im hesitant about is the one time annual enrollment payment… i do wish it was a monthly subscription! overall… i would recommend this app to someone who shares my condition!
Loved the sessions and felt they really helped me. There is a significant bug in the app that has ruined my experience though. Whenever I reach the end of the 6 weeks the app continuously crashes when I attempt to exit the screen prompting me to enter the maintenance phase. There is no way around this other than restarting the program and losing all the features. So disappointing.
- Sorry, Emily. I can imagine this being very frustrating. If you haven’t already, please reach out to our support team at nerva[at]mindsethealth.com and we’ll look into this for you.
I am absolutely delighted by the impact of this program on my gut health. Not only are my IBS symptoms shockingly improved, but I am able to use the relaxation tools I’ve learned to help in other situations…like my fear of flying on planes, worrying about my kids, etc. Yes, the program is very repetitive, and that’s the point! Listening to and practicing the same techniques over and over is how we integrate them into our minds and our bodies. I LOVE the narrator’s voice!
- Hi Ellen – wow, this is wonderful! I’m so happy that we could support you through this journey! All the best
I think the best advice for this app and any new method one tries to ease a complex chronic illness is to keep an open mind. Will it cure you? Probably not. Will it be a helpful tool to manage a condition? For me, yes, it’s helped more than anything (including restrictive diets, rxs, alt therapy, etc).The hypno sessions, exercises and readings can feel repetitive, but the repetition is important bec it is wiring the concepts into your head. It helps to approach each day with a “beginner’s mind”.
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