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Autogenic training is a type of relaxation training. The technique involves the use of repetitive phrases that encourage you to imagine parts of your body becoming warm and heavy. This is thought to promote a relaxing effect on your nervous system. A study, recently published in the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, suggests that autogenic training may be helpful in relieving IBS symptoms.

According to the study abstract, 21 subjects were split into two groups. One group received intense training in the autogenic technique, while the individuals in the control group discussed "meal habits and life styles". All subjects filled out a variety of symptom questionnaires. The group that received autogenic training reported significantly higher levels of "adequate relief" of IBS symptoms compared to those in the control group. The group that received the autogenic training also experienced significant improvements in the areas of "social functioning" and "bodily pain".

One cannot draw firm conclusions about the effectiveness of autogenic training from a study with such a small population. However, these results are encouraging! Any form of treatment that can bring about symptom relief without a concern for negative side effects is a good one in my book. If any of you have any experience with autogenic training, I would love it if you left a comment below.

For more information, see "How to Practice Autogenic Training"by Arlin Cuncic, Guide to Social Anxiety Disorder.


[sub]Shinozaki M, Kanazawa M, Kano M, Endo Y, Nakaya N, Hongo M, Fukudo S. "Effect of Autogenic Training on General Improvement in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback December 8, 2009 Online First.[/sub]

Autogenic Training and IBS originally appeared on Irritable Bowel Syndrome on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 03:58:56.

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