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Medscape spoke with Laurie Keefer, PhD, associate professor in the departments of medicine and gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, USA, about the brain-gut connection and its influence on digestive health. We discussed how the use of hypnotherapy can be an effective alternative treatment for patients, one that is backed by scientific evidence and is now being offered at medical centers and via telemedicine throughout the United States. A leader in the development of effective behavioral therapies for gastrointestinal disorders, Dr Keefer’s extensive research focuses primarily on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other esophageal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis.

Medscape: Has hypnotherapy been shown to be effective in both adults and children?

Dr Keefer: Yes, in both. Children are imaginative, so it can be a nice intervention for them. Van Tilburg and colleagues conducted a study in children with abdominal pain using hypnotherapy, and it was shown to be effective. With children, you use different techniques than with adults, because children don’t have a long attention span; the approach tends to be more active and conversational. Therefore, you can’t necessarily translate the adult literature to the pediatric literature.

Read the full interview here 

If you want to know more about how hypnotherapy can help you with your IBS, etc. contact me now. Remember hypnotherapy is extremely effective in helping you overcome gastro/digestive issues.