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Lancet. 1984 Dec 1;2(8414):1232-4.

Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome.

Abstract

30 patients with severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome were randomly allocated to treatment with either hypnotherapy or psychotherapy and placebo. The psychotherapy patients showed a small but significant improvement in abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and general well-being but not in bowel habit. The hypnotherapy patients showed a dramatic improvement in all features, the difference between the two groups being highly significant. In the hypnotherapy group no relapses were recorded during the 3-month follow-up period, and no substitution symptoms were observed.

PMID:
6150275
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