Summary: Hypnotherapy is a mind-body therapy that may have therapeutic potential for IBD, although it’s a bit less practical to implement at home compared to other mind-body therapies such as meditation. Thus far, clinical trials in IBS have shown more impressive results than those in IBD, but there is some preliminary evidence that hypnotherapy could help maintain remission in UC patients who are already in remission, and reduce heart rate and inflammatory markers in those with active disease. The precise mechanism of action behind hypnotherapy remains to be elucidated, but the research of Robert Becker into the electrical systems of the body provides some fascinating glimpses into what may be happening to the mind and body in states of hypnosis.
This article is part of the IBD Index. Last updated on March 14, 2022.