Eating right, stress reduction and education and good sleep habits, are very important.ButCanadian Psychological Association "Evaluation studies have typically shown that psychological treatment led to greater improvement than the usual medical treatment. As well, the psychological therapies have long lasting effects months to years after treatment was completed. Medication treatments, in contrast, tend to cease to have an effect when patients stop taking the medicine. Up to 70-80% of people with IBS have reported significant improvements following psychological treatments. Recent research suggested that the amount of improvement relates in part to the effort and time the individual puts in to develop better ways of coping." http://www.cpa.ca/factsheets/IBS.htm Clinical gut focused hypnotherapy has the highest success rate staistically in IBS to date. But its not well understood well what it is and why and how it works by the general public.www.ibshypnosis.comHypnotherapy for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders By: Peter J. Whorwell, M.D., University Hospital of South Manchester, England http://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/hypnosis.html Hypnosis Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome By: Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D., Research Associate, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/HypnosisPalsson.html This also works on global symptoms, even non gi symptoms and its not totally about stress and anxiety reduction, which are a side effect, but on psycophysiological arousal and body chemistry and how the body works, especially in regards to IBS.The others are CBT as Kmottus pointed out and was helped by on a councious level (ht on a subconious level, where digestion takes place autonomically) and the ones mentioned in the first article.There has been twenty years of research on HT and IBS and its recommeded by the rome experts and bristish society of gastroenterology for severe although it does not have to be cases of IBS.