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Abstract

Gut-Directed Self-Hypnosis for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Protocol: Complimentary Psychotherapy for Remission Augmentation, IBS-Like Symptoms, and Surgery Recovery

Background: Gut-directed hypnosis (GDH) is a complimentary therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), that can be learnt by patients to practice self-hypnosis. GDH in IBD has augmented remission, and has a history of successful use for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In IBD it may improve IBS-like symptoms in remission and recovery from surgery. In IBD, the mechanism of action is unknown but may influence the disease stress response.  Aims are development of a IBD GDH self-hypnosis protocol, with appropriate target symptoms. Patients first learn to practice with a clinician, then as complimentary psychotherapy for remission augmentation, IBS-like symptoms, and surgery recovery. GDH is practiced with a clinician, and then as self-hypnosis. Patients receive psycho-education on GDH for IBD


Author(s):

Joshua P. Paulton



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