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Which relaxation techniques help treat my IBS-D?

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Some natural ways to relax may help ease your IBS-D symptoms include:

Hypnotherapy and meditation: A trained therapist can teach you to focus on soothing images or thoughts. This can help you learn to relax tight stomach muscles. You can practice these techniques alone or in a group. You’ll probably need to do hypnotherapy for a few months to feel any relief. You can learn to meditate so you can do it at home whenever you need to relax.

Massage: This is a solid way to help you relax. A massage therapist can work on you in a day spa, and some can come to your home.

Exercise: People with IBS who make working out part of their routine have fewer symptoms. You can take walks, train at your local gym, or take classes.

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

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