Some of you reading this will know that IBS is something close to my heart (maybe, I should say, close to my intestines). It’s a condition that is often poorly understood, and hence poorly treated.

Knowledge, they say, is power. This is where this book comes into its own being neither overly complex or overly simplified, yet being readable and not overly verbose – in many ways the perfect characteristics for any book!

The author looks at IBS, it’s scope, possible causes, and then, unsurprisingly, gives seven steps for working with IBS. Each of these seven steps is expanded, explained and rationalised, mixing theory and practical. The steps themselves range from doctors and drugs through to diet and exercise, and are not dogmatic, more suggestive.

I’ve read an awful lot of books on this topic, and this is a rare one which is both simple yet comprehensive, and on reading it still gave me some things to learn.

It’s a book then that I would recommend both to anyone who has, or lives with someone who has, IBS, and for practitioners working with this community directly or indirectly, including yoga teachers seeing this presenting in class.

My own experience with IBS is a correlation with stress, and a massive improvement in symptoms by altering my stress coping mechanisms, especially with a structured long term practice of relaxation and breathing – that, however, is a another days post!

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