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How can mindless meditation help my stress around my IBS?

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Mindfulness meditation can:

  • Calm your mind
  • Ease stress
  • Help manage pain

It's taught in a class or group session. You’ll learn:

  • Breathing
  • Visualization
  • Relaxation techniques

The main goal here is to help you focus on the present instead of worrying about the past or future.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wolters Kluwer Health: “Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Office of Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidiarrheal Agents.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Diphenoxylate.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anticholinergic/Antispasmodic Agents.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidepressant Medications.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Lotronex.”

Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, “Lotronix.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Eluxadoline.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Rifaximin.”

Salix Pharmaceuticals, “About Xifaxan.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Relaxation Techniques to Manage IBS Symptoms.”

Ruth Geller, mindfulness meditation instructor, Central Islip, NY

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wolters Kluwer Health: “Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Office of Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidiarrheal Agents.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Diphenoxylate.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anticholinergic/Antispasmodic Agents.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidepressant Medications.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Lotronex.”

Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, “Lotronix.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Eluxadoline.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Rifaximin.”

Salix Pharmaceuticals, “About Xifaxan.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Relaxation Techniques to Manage IBS Symptoms.”

Ruth Geller, mindfulness meditation instructor, Central Islip, NY

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

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