Idiopathic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) significantly affect the quality of life of sufferers. Improved quality of life and patient symptom management may be achieved through integrating psychological/behavioral interventions with pharmacologic treatments. Here is our experience with hypnotherapy as an adjuvant management for an 18-year-old female with Crohn's Disease (CD) in remission (patient I) and a 24-year-old female with CD in active phase (patient II). The patients participated in 12 weekly one-hour sessions of hypnotherapy. Gut-directed, ego-strengthening, and post-hypnotic suggestions and immune-directed imaginations were used. After the hypnotherapy course, symptoms, psychological state, and quality of life improved in patient I, but not patient II (according to questionnaires). After a 6 month follow-up, symptoms and quality of life were the same as at the end of hypnotherapy sessions in both patients. The patients reported the greatest benefit of hypnotherapy was in helping them to cope better with their disease and also in improving their psychological state. Hypnotherapy may improve quality of life of IBD patients in remission and help them to cope better with their disease. Well-designed controlled clinical trials are needed in this field.
Am J Clin Hypn. 2009 Jan;51(3):255-62. Emami MH, Gholamrezaei A, Daneshgar H. Department of Gastroenterology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.