IBS Management Goes Zen

For the one in six Americans who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other similar digestive issues, relief could come from an unexpected source: meditation.

IBS Management Goes Zen
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A new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, states that support groups are a common treatment option, since so many IBS sufferers deal with anxiety about their symptoms, but mindfulness training is significantly more effective.

Study author Susan Gaylord, Ph.D., director of the Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, says that mindfulness training helps IBS sufferers worry less about their symptoms and reduces anxiety they might feel about future stomach discomfort.

A few minutes of daily mindfulness meditation can help take attention away from tummy troubles of all kinds for school-age kids, too.
Here's one way to get started:
Have your child hold a flower (or another small, pretty object) in her hands. Encourage her to pretend she's never seen a flower before, and have her describe what it looks like, what it smells like, how the petals feel—even what it sounds like. Gaylord says that focusing on something other than symptoms brings a person's attention into the present moment—helping her think less about stomach pain or anxiety.

11 October 2012