July 27, 2016
Esophageal-directed hypnotherapy was well tolerated and improved symptoms and quality of life in patients with functional heartburn in a pilot study.
“Visceral hypersensitivity and symptom hypervigilance are believed to drive functional heartburn and therefore conventional medical interventions, such as anti-reflux therapy, are not typically effective. This leaves people with limited treatment options for a burdensome medical problem,” Megan E. Riehl, PsyD, a licensed health psychologist and clinical instructor in the division of gastroenterology at University of Michigan, told Healio Gastroenterology. “Esophageal directed hypnotherapy is used to promote a deep state of relaxation with focused attention, which allows the patient to learn to modulate physiological sensations, such as heartburn.”