East Mediterr Health J. 2007 Mar-Apr;13(2):301-8.

Hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome in Saudi Arabian patients.

Al Sughayir MA.

 

Research Introduction

This study investigated the effects of hypnotherapy in 26 Saudi Arabian IBS patients. Each patient completed a course of 12 weekly hypnotherapy session. Abdominal pain, bloating and life interference from bowel symptoms all improved significantly in the patient sample after they completed treatment. Quality of life improved more in male than in female patients, and bowel habit dissatisfaction was reduced more in female than in male patients. 

 

Abstract

This study investigated whether hypnotherapy provides a significant therapeutic effect in Saudi Arabian patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Patients (n=26) were consecutively recruited at a psychiatry outpatient clinic after diagnosis by a gastroenterologist and a medical evaluation for irritable bowel syndrome. Each patient had 12 sessions of hypnotherapy over a period of 12 weeks (1 session per week). Patients completed a scale measuring symptom severity before and 3 months after the trial. Hypnotherapy significantly enhanced a feeling of better quality of life more in male than in female patients, and bowel habit dissatisfaction was reduced more in female than in male patients.
 

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