Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease: a role for hypnotherapy?

Fifteen patients with severe or very severe inflammatory bowel disease on corticosteroids but not responding to medication received 12 sessions of "gut-focused hypnotherapy" and were followed up for a mean duration of 5.4 years with disease severity being graded as remission, mild, moderate, severe, or very severe. Two patients (13.4%) failed to respond and required surgery. At follow-up for the remaining 13 patients, 4 (26.6%) were in complete remission, 8 (53.3%) had mild severity, and 1 (6.7%) was moderately severe. Quality of life became good or excellent in 12 (79.9%). Corticosteroid requirements dramatically declined with 60% of patients stopping them completely and not requiring any during follow-up. Hypnotherapy appears to be a promising adjunctive treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and has steroid sparing effects. Controlled trials to clearly define its role in this disease area are justified.
AuthorsVivien Miller, Peter J Whorwell
JournalThe International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis (Int J Clin Exp Hypn) Vol. 56 Issue 3 Pg. 306-17 (Jul 2008) ISSN: 1744-5183 [Electronic] United States
PMID18569141 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Mesalamine
  • Azathioprine
  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones (therapeutic use)
  • Adult
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal (therapeutic use)
  • Azathioprine (therapeutic use)
  • Colitis, Ulcerative (psychology, therapy)
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Crohn Disease (psychology, therapy)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Immunosuppressive Agents (therapeutic use)
  • Male
  • Mesalamine (therapeutic use)
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life (psychology)
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Suggestion
  • Young Adult

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