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Scripted Guided Imagery Found Effective for Gastrointestinal Disorders

10 Sep

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported on their successful hypnosis and guided imagery protocols, using verbatim scripts for treating gastrointestinal disorders - irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and functional abdominal pain.

Treatment with these scripted protocols is delivered in a fixed series of sessions over a 2- or 3-month period.

The investigators report these methods have been found to be efficacious for improving bowel symptoms in several clinical trials, even in patients who have been entirely unresponsive to medical treatment.

Response rates in clinical trials have ranged from 53% to 94%, and the therapeutic benefits have been shown to be well maintained at 6-, 10-, or 12-month follow-ups in various studies.

This article describes the development and research on these protocols and summarizes the advantages and limitations of this fully scripted treatment approach.

Citation: Palsson OS1, van Tilburg M. Hypnosis and Guided Imagery Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disorders: Experience With Scripted Protocols Developed at the University of North Carolina. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 2015;58(1):5-21. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2015.1012705.

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.