Study: Mindfulness Meditation Helps IBS

A new study suggests that people who practice mindfulness meditation can reduce symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome (IBS).

WebMD reports

In a study of 75 women between the ages of 19 and 71, participants were placed in a mindfulness meditation group or a comparison group that offered mutual support for IBS and life’s problems.Each group took an eight-week course that included weekly sessions and a half-day retreat.After the end of the eight-week period, overall IBS severity was reduced more among patients in the mindfulness meditation group compared to the support group: 26.4% vs. 6.2%.After a three-month follow-up, 38.2% of those in mindfulness meditation reported a reduction in severity of IBS symptoms, compared with only 11.8% who said that among patients who took part in the support group therapy.

It's great to see studies that support meditation's healing benefits!

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