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BARABASZ and BARABASZ, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164, USA, have conducted a pilot study of hypnosis for IBS.


The aim of this study was to provide preliminary data on the effects of hypnotic inductions tailored to an irritable bowel syndrome patient at each session compared to Palsson’s manualized protocol.


8 patients who had not previously responded to any form of treatment were assigned randomly to either a tailored or manualized induction condition. Other than pre-testing for hypnotizability, the procedure followed for the manualized group (n = 4) was exactly as prescribed by O. Palsson (1998). The identical procedure was used for the other 4 patients except that the inductions were individualized.


All 8 patients showed favourable responses to treatment immediately post treatment and at 10-month follow-up. Only the tailored group showed no incapacitating pain at post-treatment but greater emotional stress than the manualized group. The tailored group continued to improve and showed better results than the manualized group at 10 months, and the post-treatment emotional distress was significantly attenuated.


Tailoring the hypnotic inductions to patients at each session appears to produce good results.


Barabasz A, Barabasz M. Effects of tailored and manualized hypnotic inductions for complicated irritable bowel syndrome patients. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 54 (1): 100-112, Jan 2006.

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