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Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2008 Jul;56(3):306-17. doi: 10.1080/00207140802041884.

Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease: a role for hypnotherapy?

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University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Fifteen patients with severe or very severe inflammatory bowel disease on corticosteroids but not responding to medication received 12 sessions of "gut-focused hypnotherapy" and were followed up for a mean duration of 5.4 years with disease severity being graded as remission, mild, moderate, severe, or very severe. Two patients (13.4%) failed to respond and required surgery. At follow-up for the remaining 13 patients, 4 (26.6%) were in complete remission, 8 (53.3%) had mild severity, and 1 (6.7%) was moderately severe. Quality of life became good or excellent in 12 (79.9%). Corticosteroid requirements dramatically declined with 60% of patients stopping them completely and not requiring any during follow-up. Hypnotherapy appears to be a promising adjunctive treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and has steroid sparing effects. Controlled trials to clearly define its role in this disease area are justified.

PMID:
18569141
DOI:
10.1080/00207140802041884
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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