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IBS Treatment, Symptoms & Causes

NLP | Clinical Hypnotherapy | Life Coaching |Marbella

This is your unique opportunity
to be back in control of your life
without constant bloating cramps or diarrhoea.

IBS causes and solutions?

Hypnotherapy for IBS, NATURALLY Calm bowels.
We use “Gut Directed Hypnotherapy”, a combination of modern clinical hypnosis, and guidance in the best IBS mental methods to safely and effectively re- program your subconscious mind allowing you to have more peaceful bowels in a safe and natural way, helping you become more rested and live a better quality of life. IBS Treatment is possible!

The IBS program

THE IBS TREATMENT causes your mind & body to BE KINDER TO EACH OTHER

It’s time to enlist the help of an IBS specialist.


An IBS treatment, works with your subconscious mind, addressing any physiological or psychological adjustments.

Gut Directed Hypnotherapy is a special form of hypnosis that is specifically designed to treat functional gut disorders like IBS. All it involves is the individual sitting back relaxing & listening as you are guided on a journey through your digestive system.


During a course of personal treatments, usually between 5 – 8 weekly sessions, your subconscious mind will be released from the stress, your anxiety levels will be greatly reduced & you will be able to cope much easier with your daily life, your mind & body will start working in harmony.

Food Diary

Your hypnotherapist may want you to keep a food & mood diary for a few weeks, they may give you a recommended food list.


You’ll also receive a backup audio to listen to daily; this will enhance all your personal sessions, and allow any neurons to re-wire healthy patterns of habits and attitudes.



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What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Affects between 6–18% of people worldwide. The condition involves changes in frequency or form of bowel movements & lower abdominal pain.
(The disorder is also known as spastic colon.)
Although IBS can be painful and uncomfortable, it is not permanently damaging to the intestines, nor does it cause other gastrointestinal diseases.

Causes of IBS

There is no known specific cause, but some experts suggest people who suffer from IBS have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive to certain foods, stress, poor sleep and changes in gut bacteria. These may all be triggers of IBS symptoms.

Signs and IBS Symptoms

Pain & Cramping

Abdominal pain is the most common symptom & a key factor in diagnosis. The most common symptom of IBS is lower abdominal pain that is less severe after a bowel movement. Dietary modifications, stress-reducing therapies & certain medications can help reduce pain.


Diarrhoea-predominant IBS is one of the three main types of the disorder. Frequent, loose stools are common in IBS, and are a symptom of the diarrhoea-predominant type. Stools may also contain mucus. A study of 200 adults found that those with diarrhoea-predominant IBS had, on average, 12 bowel movements weekly — more than twice the amount of adults without IBS. Accelerated bowel transit in IBS can also result in a sudden, immediate urge to have a bowel movement. Some patients describe this as a significant source of stress, even avoiding some social situations for fear of a sudden onset of diarrhoea


Constipation is very common. However, abdominal pain that improves after a bowel movement and a sensation of incomplete bowel movements after passing stool are signs of IBS.

Alternating Constipation & Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea & constipation in IBS involve chronic, recurring abdominal pain. Pain is the most important clue that changes in bowel movements are not related to diet, or common mild infections. The symptoms of mixed IBS also vary more from one person to another. Therefore, this condition requires an individualized treatment.

Changes in Bowel Movements

Blood in stool may be a sign of another, potentially serious medical condition and deserves a visit to your doctor. Blood in stool may appear red but often appears very dark or black with a tarry consistency.

Gas & Bloating

In a study of 337 IBS patients, 83% reported bloating & cramping. Both symptoms were more common in women and in constipation-predominant IBS or mixed types of IBS. Avoiding lactose can help reduce bloating.

Food Intolerance

Up to 70% of individuals with IBS report that particular foods trigger symptoms.  Avoiding Gluten, caffeine, lactose & artificial sweeteners may help reduce symptoms.

Fatigue and Difficulty Sleeping

Those with IBS are more fatigued and report less refreshing sleep compared to those without it. Fatigue and poor sleep quality are also related to more severe gastrointestinal symptoms

Stress, Anxiety & Depression

IBS is linked to stress, anxiety & depression. It’s unclear whether IBS symptoms are an expression of mental stress or whether the stress of living with IBS makes people more prone to psychological difficulties. Whichever comes first, anxiety & digestive IBS symptoms reinforce one another in a vicious cycle.
It’s always advised to visit your doctor first if you are suffering from these symptoms. They may want to do a few tests to rule out any other medical issues first.
IBS can produce a vicious cycle of digestive symptoms that increase anxiety & anxiety that increases digestive symptoms. Tackling anxiety can help reduce other symptoms.
People with IBS frequently suffer from anxiety and depression, which can worsen symptoms. That’s because the colon is in part controlled by the nervous system, which responds to stress. Evidence also suggests that the immune system, also responding to stress, plays a role. IBS can also make you feel more anxious and depressed.

Notice the treadmill in action here?

When this happens for many days, many months, or years, you might start to feel its never going to change, with dread at just the prospect of it all. This is how stress, anxiety, and IBS can feed each other and become a cycle that should be interrupted through hypnotherapy treatment. 

Research has found that hypnotherapy helps improve the primary symptoms of IBS. It may also help relieve other symptoms suffered by many people with IBS such as nausea, fatigue, backache, and urinary problems. Clinical Hypnotherapy offers symptomatic, psychological, and physiological benefits.

Having Clinical Hypnotherapy sessions to relieve stress, anxiety or depression will begin to break this cycle, allowing your hypnotherapist to work deeper within your subconscious mind using gut directed hypnosis.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Create a healthier and happier life


Christine Amsbury – IBS
Sandie was lovely to work with and professional. l was recently diagnosed with IBS and feeling unwell before the treatments my symptoms were severe and during and after treatment they improved and are continuing to change which is great reassurances.
I am also feeling more confident.

Thank you.
I would highly recommend Sandie Ashing.


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STORIES from the newspapers

DAILY MAIL  5 December 2018Hypnosis is twice as effective at reliving agonising symptoms of IBS than other methods, study reveals
‘Gut-directed’ therapy improved symptoms for up to 50% of people trialled
Relaxing the brain could work better than current treatments for the stomach
There is no cure for IBS which 10-15% of the population experience symptoms of.

Hypnosis could be an effective way of treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a study has suggested.
Researchers found 50 per cent of patients who received hypnotherapy after one year saw relief from their agonising symptoms.
In comparison, just 23 per cent of volunteers who had educational lessons on how to cope with the condition reported the same benefit, according to the Dutch trial.
There is no cure for the condition, believed to strike up to 15 per cent of people, according to global estimates.
Symptoms of IBS can range from abdominal pain to erratic bowel habits and even iron deficiency or vomiting in the most serious cases.

Experts say this method, of relaxing the brain to treat the gut, is proving to be successful in trials so far.
‘Psychological treatment has shown a high success rate in improving IBS,’ Dr Olafur Palsson of the Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, North Carolina, said.
‘Using the brain to help the gut is a different mechanism than using medications that treat the gut directly.
‘Fundamentally, if the usual medical approaches don’t seem to be working well and you have persistent symptoms, this could be a good option.’
The study, led by the University Medical Center in Utrecht, enrolled 342 participants aged between 18 and 65 with IBS from 11 hospitals. The patients were randomly assigned into three groups for the research, published in the journal Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The first group of 142 patients received individual hypnotherapy, while the second group of 146 volunteers did group hypnotherapy.  Participants had the 45-minute long therapy sessions twice a week for six weeks. They included progressive relaxation and soothing imagery.
This ‘gut-directed’ therapy was based on treatment developed at the University Hospital of South Manchester in the UK in the 1980s.
Positive visualisation was given to patients while they were given suggestions about how they could gain control over their digestive system to reduce feelings of pain and discomfort.
They were also given a CD so they could practice self-hypnosis exercises at home for 15 for 20 minutes every day.
The third group, the control group, received ‘educational supportive therapy’. This consisted of six-hour long sessions every two weeks in a group.
Coping mechanisms, complaints, and the impact on patients’ social lives were discussed, and dietary information was given according to guidelines.
After three months, 41 per cent of those in the individual therapy reported an equate relief of symptoms, 33 per cent in the group hypnotherapy, compared to 17 per cent in the control group.
These benefits appeared to last for another nine months for those receiving hypnotherapy.
‘Group therapy could allow many more patients to be treated for the same cost’, the authors wrote in the medical journal.
Dr Carla Flik, who led the study, said: ‘We do not know exactly how gut-directed hypnotherapy works.
‘But it may change patients’ mindset and internal coping mechanisms, enabling them to increase their control over autonomic body processes, such as how they process pain and modulate gut activity.’
People with more severe symptoms of IBS respond to this form of treatment, the authors said, as their condition is more complex with psychological causes.
Their own study did not demonstrate this, however. They said: ‘These patients are more likely to fully engage in this time consuming form of treatment, which is often perceived as the last chance for improvement of the disease.’
Nothing has been definitively explained as the cause of IBS. It has largely been seen as psychosomatic – symptoms can be triggered by a stressful event or anxiety.

Daily Mail 5th December 2018


Studies have shown that hypnosis is a useful aid to lifestyle changes. There is no cast iron guarantee, hypnosis can help, AND it does have a higher chance of helping you, but nothing in life can be 100% certain.

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