(Reuters Health) Hypnosis may help some people with stubborn cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find some relief from their symptoms, a new study suggests…
The exact cause of IBS is unknown. But the "gut-brain" connection is thought to be important, and anxiety over symptoms can make the physical symptoms worse.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which aims to change the unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors that contribute to people's health problems, appears to help some people with IBS.
In gut-directed hypnosis, the idea is to give people a feeling of control over their digestive symptoms. In this study, for instance, patients were given "suggestions" for normalizing their bowel function -- like images of a river "floating smoothly."
No one knows exactly why the technique seems to work for some stubborn cases of IBS, according to [researcher Olafur S.] Palsson. He said it's been thought that hypnosis might change pain sensitivity in the intestines, but research suggests that is not what's going on.
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