Q&A: Hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome?

Consumer Reports News: February 23, 2010 09:59 AM

Your column about intestinal gas didn’t address gas that comes from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I’ve tried acupuncture and herbal remedies, but to no avail. Can anything else help? —K.G., via e-mail

Yes: hypnosis. A 2005 review of 14 studies concluded that the therapy consistently improved the symptoms of IBS—including pain, bloating, gas, and either diarrhea, constipation, or both—in the majority of patients who tried it. Other research has shown those benefits can last up to six years after treatment. One widely used protocol involves seven sessions with a practitioner, each 20 to 40 minutes long, plus daily practice at home with a self-hypnosis tape. For more information, go to www.ibshypnosis.com.

Take at look at some things that can make you more likely to get IBS , find out how yoga can help , and find out which of the 13 drug and non-drug treatments works best  (subscribers only).

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