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Clinical Trials Update
January 29, 2019

Hypnotherapy Provides IBS Relief

JAMA. 2019;321(4):335. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.22028

Group hypnotherapy was noninferior to individual hypnotherapy in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and both were more effective than educational supportive care, found a trial in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

The study’s 354 adults with IBS were randomly assigned to receive either 6 sessions of individual or group hypnotherapy, or education and supportive care. Psychologists trained as hypnotherapists made suggestions to patients about gaining control over their digestive system, and patients practiced self-hypnosis exercises at home daily. Educational supportive therapy covered such topics as coping strategies, exercise, and diet.