Group Hypnotherapy Reduces IBS Symptoms

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D. and Charles D. Gerson, M.D. of the Mind-Body Digestive Center have been kind enough to send me the results of the research they presented at Digestive Disease Week 2010. Entitled “Gut-Focused Hypnotherapy in a Group Format Significantly Reduces Symptoms in Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome”, their study took a rare look at the effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy in a group setting.

The study involved 75 patients who received seven 45 minute hypnotherapy sessions, one every other week, led by a clinical psychologist specifically trained in an IBS hypnotherapy approach. Group meetings included a brief opening discussion of the experience of having IBS in work and relationship life. Patients listened to the hypnotherapy tape at home between sessions. Data regarding symptom improvement was gathered at the end of treatment, as well as three, six, and twelve months.

The results indicated that the treatment was effective in reducing IBS symptoms by the end of treatment and throughout the year following treatment. Patients shifted their categorization of IBS as being “severe and moderate” to “mild and inactive”. (How nice does that sound?)

The study also sought to determine what characteristics would be predictive of treatment success. Interestingly, patients who were more likely to attribute their symptoms to emotional factors experienced less symptom improvement. On a more optimistic note, patients whose symptoms were more severe at baseline experienced greater symptom improvement.

The Gersons said it perfectly: “We hope that this more cost-effective group approach will make it more feasible for this kind of effective treatment to be made available to IBS patients.” My thanks to the two Dr. Gersons for sharing this important research. Perhaps it will inspire you to give gut-directed hypnotherapy a try.

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D. and Charles D. Gerson, M.D. of the Mind-Body Digestive Center have been kind enough to send me the results of the research they presented at Digestive Disease Week 2010. Entitled “Gut-Focused Hypnotherapy in a Group Format Significantly Reduces Symptoms in Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome”, their study took a rare look at the effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy in a group setting.

The study involved 75 patients who received seven 45 minute hypnotherapy sessions, one every other week, led by a clinical psychologist specifically trained in an IBS hypnotherapy approach. Group meetings included a brief opening discussion of the experience of having IBS in work and relationship life. Patients listened to the hypnotherapy tape at home between sessions. Data regarding symptom improvement was gathered at the end of treatment, as well as three, six, and twelve months.

The results indicated that the treatment was effective in reducing IBS symptoms by the end of treatment and throughout the year following treatment. Patients shifted their categorization of IBS as being “severe and moderate” to “mild and inactive”. (How nice does that sound?)

The study also sought to determine what characteristics would be predictive of treatment success. Interestingly, patients who were more likely to attribute their symptoms to emotional factors experienced less symptom improvement. On a more optimistic note, patients whose symptoms were more severe at baseline experienced greater symptom improvement.

The Gersons said it perfectly: “We hope that this more cost-effective group approach will make it more feasible for this kind of effective treatment to be made available to IBS patients.” My thanks to the two Dr. Gersons for sharing this important research. Perhaps it will inspire you to give gut-directed hypnotherapy a try.

Source:http://ibs.about.com/b/2010/05/14/study-group-hypnotherapy-reduces-ibs-symptoms.htm
Study: Group Hypnotherapy Reduces IBS Symptoms
Friday May 14, 2010

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