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Individual and group hypnotherapy in treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome.

15 Aug

In a study by Harvey, Hinton, Gunary and Barry from the Gastroenterology Unit at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England, 33 patients with irritable bowel syndrome were treated with four 40-minute sessions of hypnotherapy over 7 weeks.

Twenty patients improved, 11 of whom lost nearly all symptoms. Short term improvement was maintained for 3 months without further formal treatment. Hypnotherapy in groups of up to 8 patients was as effective as individual therapy.

Citation: Harvey RF, Hinton RA, Gunary RM, Barry RE, Individual and group hypnotherapy in treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome. Lancet 1989, Feb 25; 1 (8635): 424-5.

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