Hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

@article{Gonsalkorale2005HypnotherapyIT,
  title={Hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome},
  author={Wendy M. Gonsalkorale and Peter J Whorwell},
  journal={European Journal of Gastroenterology \& Hepatology},
  year={2005},
  volume={17},
  pages={15-20}
}
There is accumulating and compelling evidence that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Recently, studies have shown that hypnotherapy has beneficial effects that are long lasting, with most patients maintaining improvement, and with decreased consultation and medication needs in the long term. The particular gut directed approach used, which is aimed at normalizing and controlling gut function, is also described. While the mechanisms of how hypnotherapy brings… 
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