Gut directed Hypnotherapy is effective in treating Refractory IBS

hypnosis for IBS

A new research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has found that hypnotherapy directed towards the gut of patients suffering from refractory IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is effective in reducing disease relates symptoms. However, the hypnotherapy provides better results when performed in specialized clinical settings. The study was carried out by the researchers from The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

IBS is a fairly common disease in which the patients suffer from bouts of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Besides, the patient also complains of bloating of the abdomen. Patients with mild symptoms respond favorably to conventional treatment. However, there is no effective treatment available for patients suffering from severe IBS.

For their study, the researchers selected 138 patients suffering from refractory IBS. 90 of these patients became a part of study 1, wherein they received 12 sessions of gut directed hypnotherapy for one hour each per week in a psychology clinic. The remaining 48 patients  took part in study 2 and were randomly divided into two groups. They either received gut directed hypnotherapy in a small county hospital or they were not subjected to hypnotherapy and acted as controls. The severity of the symptoms of IBS and the general quality of life of the patients were evaluated at the start of the study, at the end of three months and after a year.

It was observed that all the participants of study 1 and those participants of study 2 who received hypnotherapy, showed an improvement in their symptoms compared to those in the control group at the end of three months. However, the researchers observed that the improvement in IBS related symptoms was greater in the participants of study 1 who had received gut related hypnotherapy in specialized psychology clinic. On the other hand, while the participants of study 2 who received gut related hypnotherapy in a county hospital showed an improvement in their symptoms, the improvement was comparatively less. The results sustained even at the end of one year.

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012