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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) health centre

Complementary treatments for IBS directory

There are several complementary therapies used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A number of stress reduction techniques aim at lowering the frequency and severity of IBS symptoms. They include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), breathing exercises or meditation, yoga, pilates or tai chi. Hypnotherapy at an NHS pain clinic, or self-hypnosis at home, has been shown to help reduce symptoms. Psychotherapy or talking treatment has also shown some success. Other complementary therapies include acupuncture and reflexology, but so far there is no medical evidence to support their effectiveness. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about complementary therapies for IBS, what they involve, how they work, and much more.

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Thumbnail: IBS: Hypnosis an effective treatment

New Swedish studies demonstrate that hypnotherapy provides lasting relief, even for severe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

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Thumbnail: A combination of therapies to help IBS

Although diet is the front line in IBS symptom management there are other alternative, complementary therapies which may help too, even if they don't always have the science to back them up

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