Hypnosis for functional abdominal pain

Am J Clin Hypn. 2011 Jul;54(1):56-69. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2011.575964.


Chronic abdominal pain is a common pediatric condition affecting 20% of the pediatric population worldwide. Most children with this disorder are found to have no specific organic etiology and are given the diagnosis of functional abdominal pain. Well-designed clinical trials have found hypnotherapy and guided imagery to be the most efficacious treatments for this condition. Hypnotic techniques used for other somatic symptoms are easily adaptable for use with functional abdominal pain. The author discusses 2 contrasting hypnotic approaches to functional abdominal pain and provides implications for further research. These approaches may provide new insights into this common and complex disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / psychology*
  • Abdominal Pain / therapy*
  • Adolescent
  • Autogenic Training / methods
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Imagery, Psychotherapy / methods
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome / psychology*
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome / therapy*
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance / psychology
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy*
  • Suggestion