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Children 2017, 4(4), 22; doi:10.3390/children4040022

Mind–Body Interventions for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
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Received: 15 February 2017 / Revised: 17 March 2017 / Accepted: 28 March 2017 / Published: 3 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mind-Body Medicine in Children and Adolescents)
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Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa. There is emerging evidence that the brain–gut connection affects inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients more than previously thought. This is evidenced by comorbid mood disorders, irritable bowel symptoms concurrent with quiescent IBD, and the potential of psychosocial stressors to trigger IBD flares. Mind–body interventions such as psychotherapy, relaxation, mindfulness, biofeedback, yoga, and clinical hypnosis offer an adjunct to standard medical treatment for IBD. We will review the current evidence base for these mind– body interventions in the treatment of pediatric IBD, illustrate a case study, and offer suggestions for future research for this promising field. View Full-Text
Keywords: mind‐body; inflammatory bowel disease; pediatric; biofeedback; psychotherapy; hypnosis; yoga; relaxation mind‐body; inflammatory bowel disease; pediatric; biofeedback; psychotherapy; hypnosis; yoga; relaxation
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Yeh, A.M.; Wren, A.; Golianu, B. Mind–Body Interventions for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Children 2017, 4, 22.

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