Meditation for IBS: Mindfulness technique ‘may soothe symptoms’

Meditation for IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Could meditation help with IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome? This uncomfortable disorder may be eased by slowing down the mind, recent studies have suggested. See below for a news story from Reuters Health which talks about mindfulness meditation and the research done at the Centre for Integrative Medicine.


Date: 1st July 2011 Source: Reuters Health meditation for ibs

“A therapy that combines mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga may help soothe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a small clinical trial suggested. ‘

People with IBS have repeated bouts of abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. The typical treatment includes diet changes, as well as anti-diarrhoea medication and, for constipation, laxatives or fibre supplements. There’s also some evidence that regular, moderate exercise helps.

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but anxiety and less-than-ideal coping strategies — like avoiding going out because of your symptoms — are thought to make IBS worse for many people.

I think people with IBS should learn mindfulness skills,” said Dr. Delia Chiaramonte, director of education for the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Baltimore. Learning such skills, she said in an interview, is “100 percent safe,” and it could offer people a way to help manage IBS symptoms on their own, long term. In a study of 75 women with the digestive disorder, researchers found that…”