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Hypnotherapy significantly helps IBS in both men and women - but differently

East Mediterr Health J. 2007 Mar-Apr;13(2):301-8.

Hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome in Saudi Arabian patients.

Al Sughayir MA.

Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. fmrahim@ksu.edu.sa

This study investigated whether hypnotherapy provides a significant therapeutic effect in Saudi Arabian patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Patients (n=26) were consecutively recruited at a psychiatry outpatient clinic after diagnosis by a gastroenterologist and a medical evaluation for irritable bowel syndrome.

Each patient had 12 sessions of hypnotherapy over a period of 12 weeks (1 session per week). Patients completed a scale measuring symptom severity before and 3 months after the trial.

Hypnotherapy significantly enhanced a feeling of better quality of life more in male than in female patients, and bowel habit dissatisfaction was reduced more in female than in male patients.

PMID: 17684852 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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