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Group Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Long-Term Followup

Gerson CD, Gerson J, Gerson M-J. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnotherapy 2013. 61;1:38-54
The main finding in this report is the success of gut-focused hypnotherapy, designed to help patients with IBS, in a group format. Previous research has demonstrated significant symptom reduction with the use of individual hypnotherapy; this is the first report of treatment in a group format that is a much more cost-effective and efficient manner of treatment.

In addition, The IBS Mind-Body Belief Scale and a relationship questionnaire were administered to patients before treatment began. These measures were correlated with degree of symptom improvement after one year and significant results will be reported.

A total of 75 patients were studied and a majority of them had significant reduction in IBS symptoms one year after termination of the treatment sessions. Thus, the treatment was highly effective and benefit was sustained long after treatment had stopped.

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