Hypnosis brings lasting relief to children with IBS
Researchers in the Netherlands will describe, at the EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF HYPNOSIS in Manchester in August, their study of the effect of six sessions of hypnotherapy with self-hypnosis practice, in children with irritable bowel syndrome or functional abdominal pain. They found that two thirds had lasting relief of the hypnosis group compared only one fifth in standard treatment group. This improvement was maintained over five years.
Hypnosis for children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or functional abdominal pain (FAP)
Hypnosis brings lasting relief to children with IBS or FAP, a small study suggests.
Researchers led by Dr Arine M. Vlieger, of St. Antonius Hospital in the Netherlands and Professor Dr Marc Benninga of the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, found that of 52 children with IBS or FAP, who had six hypnosis sessions with therapist, Carla Frankenhuis, and practiced self-hypnosis at home, two-thirds were free or mostly free of abdominal pain, compared to 20 percent of children who were given standard therapy alone. The results were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Five years later, 68 percent of children in the hypnosis group were still largely free of abdominal pain, compared to 20 percent of children who received standard care.
The results of the last study have been published in 2017. In this study 260 children with IBS/FAP (8-18 years) had individual hypnotherapy with a therapist or home-based treatment with cd’s.