Clinical Trial at UCLA: “Therapeutic Movement as a Complementary Treatment for IBS”

IBS Impact is posting this open research study at the request of UCLA. Please contact Leila Shahabi, Project Coordinator directly at the telephone number below for further information.

“Therapeutic Movement as a Complementary Treatment for IBS:

Participate in a UCLA research study of the benefits of Therapeutic Movement (therapeutic yoga and therapeutic walking) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

You must be between 18 and 65 years of age and living in the Los Angeles area. If eligible, you will be able to attend 16 Movement Classes free of charge.

Our groups will now be held at UCLA on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Each session will be around 1 hour in length. We offer 16 sessions of our yoga or walking program as a part of participation in the study, and we aim to evaluate if these programs assist with the symptoms of IBS.

Call 310-825-6475 for further information.

Study conducted by David Shapiro, PhD, and Bruce Naliboff, PhD, UCLA Department of Psychiatry.

Protocol ID: IRB#11-002059, UCLA IRB Approved, Approval Date: 7/20/2011 Through: 7/19/2012, Committee: Medical IRB 3”

For more information and resources regarding research studies, please see this previous post or the IBS Impact research or links pages.


  1. I’ve heard very good results for coconut oil (virgin, organic, high quality) helping with IBS.

    • We’re not aware of any scientifically reputable connection to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It has been mentioned anecdotally for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is a different condition, but academic studies have not proved any benefit.

  2. This is an excellent research project! I am so glad you are investigating movement work on IBS!!!
    I work with a client with IBS and do fluid movement, sensation tracking and breath work with her to deal with her symptoms. It is working really well. I’d love to share my work with you:

    I’d love to hear how the clinical trials work out. I am sure the results will be very positive! Best of luck.

    • Thank you for your comment. Just to be clear for you and other readers, IBS Impact is not directly affiliated with UCLA’s research, so any questions or comments or volunteers should be directed there. IBS does consider posting similar research studies seeking volunteers with IBS that are conducted by reputable academic, hospital/clinic or pharmaceutical entities. These are informational, and IBS Impact receives no funding from any sources for posting studies or links to our sites.

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