Current Gastroenterology Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 283–289

Meditation over Medication for Irritable Bowel Syndrome? On Exercise and Alternative Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Authors

  • Fredrick Asare
    • Department of Internal Medicine and clinical nutrition, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of Gothenburg
    • University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centered Care (GPCC), Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of Gothenburg
  • Stine Störsrud
    • Department of Internal Medicine and clinical nutrition, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of Gothenburg
    • Department of Internal Medicine and clinical nutrition, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of Gothenburg
    • University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centered Care (GPCC), Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of Gothenburg
Neuromuscular Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract (A Foxx-Orenstein, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11894-012-0268-2

Cite this article as:
Asare, F., Störsrud, S. & Simrén, M. Curr Gastroenterol Rep (2012) 14: 283. doi:10.1007/s11894-012-0268-2

Abstract

Complimentary alternative treatment regimens are widely used in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the evidence supporting their use varies. For psychological treatment options, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, gut-directed hypnotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy, the evidence supporting their use in IBS patients is strong, but the availability limits their use in clinical practice. Dietary interventions are commonly included in the management of IBS patients, but these are primarily based on studies assessing physiological function in relation to dietary components, and to a lesser degree upon research examining the role of dietary components in the therapeutic management of IBS. Several probiotic products improve a range of symptoms in IBS patients. Physical activity is of benefit for health in general and recent data implicates its usefulness also for IBS patients. Acupuncture does not seem to have an effect beyond placebo in IBS. A beneficial effect of some herbal treatments has been reported.

Keywords

Irritable bowel syndromeCognitive behavioral therapyGut-directed hypnotherapyPsychodynamic therapyMindfulnessPhysical activityComplimentary alternative treatmentDietProbioticsAcupuncture

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