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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Mar;5(1):41-50. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem046.

Mind/Body psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

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UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women's Health, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

Currently, the goal of treatment for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is to improve the quality of life through a reduction in symptoms. While the majority of treatment approaches involve the use of traditional medicine, more and more patients seek out a non-drug approach to managing their symptoms. Current forms of non-drug psychologic or mind/body treatment for IBS include hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, all of which have been proven efficacious in clinical trials. We propose that incorporating the constructs of mindfulness and acceptance into a mind/body psychologic treatment of IBS may be of added benefit due to the focus on changing awareness and acceptance of one's own state which is a strong component of traditional and Eastern healing philosophies.

KEYWORDS:

irritable bowel syndrome; mind body interactions; mindfulness; psychological treatments; stress response

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