A study published in January, comparing the LOW-FODMAP approach with yoga as a treatment for IBS, reported a reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms among both groups. Whether or not this is linked to the dreaded yoga fart is inconclusive.
While the evidence for treating IBS with the mind is still limited, a 2014 review and meta-analysis of existing evidence concluded that hypnotherapy significantly improved abdominal pain, at least in the short-term.
In a 2016 study of IBS-D patients (those for whom diarrhoea is the main symptom), following a dietitian-led gluten-free diet significantly reduced the severity of symptoms. Some 18 months later, 72% of the volunteers were still following the diet and reporting a reduction in symptoms.
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