Hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome in Saudi Arabian patients.
This study investigated whether hypnotherapy provides a significant therapeutic effect in Saudi Arabian patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Patients (n=26) were consecutively recruited at a psychiatry outpatient clinic after diagnosis by a gastroenterologist and a medical evaluation for irritable bowel syndrome. Each patient had 12 sessions of hypnotherapy over a period of 12 weeks (1 session per week). Patients completed a scale measuring symptom severity before and 3 months after the trial. Hypnotherapy significantly enhanced a feeling of better quality of life more in male than in female patients, and bowel habit dissatisfaction was reduced more in female than in male patients.
East Mediterr Health J. 2007 Mar-Apr;13(2):301-8. Al Sughayir MA. Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. firstname.lastname@example.org
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