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Harnessing the Mind to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Date:2/16/2008

treated IBS patients in all published studies, noted UNCs Palsson.

For patients who've tried the diet-and-drug regimen to no avail, Palsson said he would recommend either of these two psychological treatments.

"If a patient's main goal is substantial relief of bowel symptoms, hypnosis is probably the better choice," he said, for the research literature strongly suggests that it improves the gastrointestinal symptoms far more reliably.

On the other hand, he added, if a patient wants to cope better with the illness or improve mental well-being, then cognitive behavioral therapy is equally good or perhaps even the better treatment option.

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For more on treating IBS, visit the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.



SOURCES: Jeffrey M. Lackner, Psy.D., assistant professor, medicine, University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, N.Y.; Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D., associate professor, medicine, Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Milwaukee


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