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Hypnotherapy helps for IBS.

Gut-directed hypnotherapy is 'highly effective' for children with long-standing abdominal pain or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers have found.

'We advocate that hypnotherapy become the treatment of choice in children with persisting complaints of either functional abdominal pain or IBS in whom first-line therapies such as education and dietary advice have failed,' Dr Arine M Vlieger of St Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, and colleagues conclude in a report in the journal Gastroenterology.

People with IBS suffer chronic discomfort with cramping, diarrhoea or constipation.

The causes of IBS are unclear and there has been debate whether it is mostly due to psychological factors or biological triggers, or perhaps a combination of these.
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Title Annotation:International; irritable bowel syndrome
Author:Bateman, Chris
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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