A new pilot study that includes researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, suggests that teaching relaxation techniques to patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may help to alleviate their symptoms and better equip them to deal with the discomfort that results from both disorders.
In a study of 48 individuals with IBS or IBD, entering a state of deep rest induced by
meditation or yoga appears to have improved disease-related symptoms, anxiety
and overall quality of life.
Dr. Braden Kuo of the Mass General Department of Medicine is co-lead author of report, which featured collaborators from the
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A larger clinical study is now needed to see if the same results can be confirmed more broadly.