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Hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

15 Aug
In an exploratory study by Vidakovic-Vukic in Amsterdam, 27 patients with irritable bowel syndrome were treated with hypnotherapy, along with standard care. Of those 27, two stopped the therapy prematurely, and one remained symptomatic. The other 24 patients experienced clear improvement. Pain and flatulence was either reduced or disappeared completely, and bowel habits normalized. This compared very favorably to results obtained with standard care alone. The study concludes that hypnotherapy is a valuable addition to the conventional treatment of IBS.

Citation: Vidakovic-Vukic M, Hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: methods and results in Amsterdam. Scandanavian Journal of Gastroenterolgy. 1999;230:49-51.
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