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Used hypnosis for: Irritable bowel

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2007 who had seen a practitioner for hypnosis in the past 12 months (HYPYR) and had used hypnosis to treat a specific health problem or condition (HYPTREAT), HYPTIRRB indicates whether the person had used hypnosis to treat irritable bowel.

Related Variables

Irritable bowel was one of 57 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with hypnosis.


The other such conditions are:

  • dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (HYPTDEMENT, 2007 only)
  • excessive alcohol or tobacco (HYPTALCTOB, 2007 only)
  • anemia and blood disorders (HYPTBLOOD, 2007 only)
  • coronary heart disease (HYPTCORON, 2007 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (HYPTCTS, 2007 only)
  • benign tumors or cysts (HYPTCYST, 2007 only)
  • excessive sleepiness during the day (HYPTESLEEPY, 2007 only)
  • fracture, bone or joint injury (HYPTFRACT, 2007 only)
  • gynecologic problem (HYPTGYN, 2007 only)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (HYPTINFB, 2007 only)
  • stomach or intestinal illness (HYPTINTEST, 2007 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (HYPTJNTPAIN, 2007 only)
  • poor circulation in legs (HYPTLCIRC, 2007 only)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (HYPTMEMLOS, 2007 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (HYPTMLIMB, 2007 only)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (HYPTNLCIRC, 2007 only)
  • other allergies--adults (HYPTOALLA, 2007 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (HYPTOHART)
  • other infectious diseases (HYPTOINF, 2007 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (HYPTOKNEE, 2007 only)
  • osteoporosis, tendinitis (HYPTOSTEO, 2007 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (HYPTPOLIO, 2007 only)
  • prostate trouble or impotence (HYPTPROST, 2007 only)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (HYPTRHEUM, 2007 only)
  • skin problems--adults (HYPTSKINA, 2007 only)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (HYPTSUBST, 2007 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (HYPTVEIN, 2007 only)

Additionally, there are 30 other conditions that both sample adults and sample children could report treating with hypnosis. For the full list of conditions, see HYPTREAT.

Hypnosis is one of 16 modalities of alternative medicine that were included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplements. In both 2002 and 2007, information about hypnosis was collected on many topics (such as the cost of treatment); however, only the 2007 survey included questions about using hypnosis to treat a standard list of specific conditions. (See HYPYR for more information.)

Persons could report treating irritable bowel by 15 of the 16 alternative health modalities. The omitted alternative treatment is prayer, which was included as a treatment for specific health problems in the 2002 survey only; however, irritable bowel was not a specific conditions recognized in 2002. (See PRASELFEV for more information about the treatment of specific conditions by prayer.) Analysts interested in the treatment of irritable bowel by alternative therapies other than hypnosis should see HYPYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments, as well as for a summary of other hypnosis-related questions and definitions.


HYPTIRRB is only available for 2007. Survey participants were not asked about using hypnosis to treat most specific health conditions in 2002, and irritable bowel was not a condition covered by the CAM supplement in 2002.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for hypnosis during the past 12 months and have used hypnosis for a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007