Gut-directed hypnotherapy (GHT) in individual sessions is highly effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Dr Gabriele Moser and colleagues assessed the long-term effect of gut-directed hypnotherapy in group sessions for refractory IBS.
A total of 164 patients with IBS were screened, and 100 refractory to usual treatment were randomized 1:1 either to supportive talks with medical treatment alone or with gut-directed hypnotherapy.
The primary end point was a clinically important improvement on several dimensions of daily life after treatment, and 12-month follow-up.
|61% of gut-directed hypnotherapy patients improved|
|American Journal of Gastroenterology |
The secondary end point was improvement in general quality of life, psychological status, and reduction of single IBS symptoms.
The researchers reported that a total of 90 patients received allocated intervention.
After treatment, 61% of gut-directed hypnotherapy patients, and 41% of supportive talks with medical treatment improved, and 25% of controls improved.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy with supportive talks with medical treatment improved physical and psychological well being significantly more than supportive talks with medical treatment alone.
The research team found that gender, age, disease duration and IBS type did not have an influence on the long-term success of gut-directed hypnotherapy.
Dr Moser's team concludes, "Gut-directed hypnotherapy improves IBS-related quality of life, is superior to supportive talks with medical treatment alone, and shows a long-term effect even in refractory IBS."