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Harnessing the Mind to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ibs Reuters HealthDay reported on February 15, 2008 that a number of recent studies have found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These are further studies that show that psychotherapy works.

I have known this for some time because many of my clients who have complained of IBS have reported relief in as few as 2 sessions.

Here's a snippet from the article:

"For some people, medications and dietary changes are the perfect match, but most of our patients -- the great, great majority of patients -- have not responded to medications and dietary changes," said Jeffrey M. Lackner, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, and a behavioral medicine specialist whose research focuses on gastrointestinal disorders, particularly IBS.

For many patients, cognitive behavioral therapy, which uses the power of the mind to replace unhealthy beliefs and behaviors with healthy, positive ones, may be the answer. But, Lackner observed, very few facilities around the country specialize in this type of treatment.

To read the whole HealthDay article click on the link below.

Link: MedlinePlus: Harnessing the Mind to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


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