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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 41-50

Mind/Body Psychological Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women's Health, VAGLAHS, Bldg. 115, Rm. 223, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
2Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
3Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Received 7 March 2006; Accepted 4 April 2007

Copyright © 2008 Bruce D. Naliboff et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Currently, the goal of treatment for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is to improve the quality of life through a reduction in symptoms. While the majority of treatment approaches involve the use of traditional medicine, more and more patients seek out a non-drug approach to managing their symptoms. Current forms of non-drug psychologic or mind/body treatment for IBS include hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, all of which have been proven efficacious in clinical trials. We propose that incorporating the constructs of mindfulness and acceptance into a mind/body psychologic treatment of IBS may be of added benefit due to the focus on changing awareness and acceptance of one's own state which is a strong component of traditional and Eastern healing philosophies.