Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS   

Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is a common intestinal disorder with symptoms of cramps, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. It affects the large intestine and is a chronic condition. IBS can often be managed with diet, lifestyle changes and stress management such as incorporating Mindfulness, but medication may be necessary for severe symptoms.

According to research done by Dr. Gant, Mindfulness shows improvements in those with irritable bowel syndrome. This study published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility and summarized in Science Daily suggests;

“In the study, 53 women and 15 men with irritable bowel syndrome participated in an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction class. Most participants experienced significant improvements from pre-treatment to 3 months follow up regarding gastrointestinal symptoms, quality of life, and anxiety related to gastrointestinal symptoms. Although increases in 3 of the 5 measured facets of mindfulness were found, increases in the ability to stay in the present moment and act with awareness seemed especially important.”

A Mindfulness practice can only help improve the patient's outcome in IBS.

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