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Lawrence Friedman, Gastroenterology, answeredFor people with functional or stress-related gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, relaxation therapy can help manage the stress associated with physical discomfort. One small study, for example, found that people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who practiced a form of relaxation therapy called the Relaxation Response, developed by Harvard Medical School researcher Dr. Herbert Benson, enjoyed significant short- and long-term reductions in pain, bloating, diarrhea, and flatulence. There are many relaxation techniques, including yoga, transcendental meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback. Many types of health care professionals, including psychologists and behavioral therapists, teach relaxation skills. Ask your doctor for a referral.