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Friday, May 25, 2007

What Hypnotherapy Can Do For Functional Abdominal Pain

I would like to share this with you. It was something I received through my email from IACT (International Of Counselors And Therapists Association)

Hypnotherapy for Children with Functional Abdominal
Pain or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

As hypnotherapy has demonstrated effectiveness in
adults with IBS, researchers sought to compare its
effects in children to standard medical therapy
commonly used for the condition as an alternative to
drug therapy.

The study involved 53 patients between eight and 18
years old with FAP or IBS, who were administered six
half-hour hypnotherapy sessions over a three-month
period. Endpoints were pain intensity, pain frequency
and other symptoms, such as nausea, headache and
appetite, which were recorded at baseline, one, two,
and three months after randomization and six and 12
months after therapy. Researchers defined "cure" as
those who experienced greater than 80 percent
improvement in pain.

The study revealed that hypnotherapy was superior to
conventional therapy for children with longstanding
functional abdominal pain (FAP) or IBS, curing 59
percent of the patients, versus just 12 percent of
patients who received conventional therapy. After one
year, the figures were 85 percent and 25 percent,
respectively. Patients who received hypnotherapy also
experienced less pain after treatment compared to the
group that received conventional therapy.

"Our team was pleased to learn that the demonstrated
benefits of hypnotherapy on IBS complications appear
to be translatable to children," said Arine M.
Vlieger, M.D., Ph.D., of St. Antonius Hospital in
Nieuwegein, Netherlands, and lead author of the study.
"Hopefully, these findings will be confirmed with
additional research so that more children can
experience relief from the symptoms of IBS without
adherence to a medication regimen."

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release
issued by American Gastroenterological Association.

Seth-Deborah Roth RN,CRNA,NBCCH, CI, featured on the Discovery Channel's "Myth Busters"

"Combining Medical Knowledge with Hypnosis"TM

Member National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, Faculty Member and Certified Instructor of the National Guild of Hypnosis, Certified Medical Hypnotherapist, Winner of 2005 Achievement Award in Hypnosis in the field of Health by the IHF & Registered Nurse Anesthetist, NLP Master Results Coach trained by Christopher Howard.

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