[Anthropo-analytical relaxation in irritable bowel syndrome: results 40 months later]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1987 Jul 18;117(29):1117-9.
[Article in French]


Therapy of irritable bowel syndrome is disappointing. Since irritable gut (IG) accounts for 20-40% of all consultations, an investigation was carried out in IG patients treated by relaxation and its effect on the number of consultations, attacks of pain, and psychological profile (MMPI) after a period of time. A control group (C) received conventional treatment. The relaxation group (R) was treated simultaneously for a 6-month period. The number of consultations in the C patients was 53 before and 41 after conventional treatment. Consultations in the R group fell from 74 before to 6 after relaxation therapy. Two-monthly attacks of pain in the R group fell to zero, while there was no change in the C group on this score. The MMPI changes are original and worth stressing. The improvement immediately, and 40 months, after the relaxation course was significant.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / psychology
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / therapy*
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Office Visits
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Relaxation Therapy*