What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon Hydrotherapy is also referred to as Colonic Irrigation, colonics, colon therapy, or high enemas.
All these are names for Colon Hydrotherapy, which uses safe; warm filtered, temperature controlled water for inner cleansing and detoxification.
It is the gentle infusion of filtered, temperature-controlled water, into the colon, by way of a sterile-disposable rectal tube or speculum. Water in – faecal matter flushed out.
Ideally people receive the treatment as a preventive and detoxification measure. However some people discover colonics also assist in overcoming symptoms of constipation, diarrhoea, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, stress, over processed diet, headaches, migraines, back pain, haemorrhoids, parasites, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, colitis, arthritis, diverticulitis, depression, intestinal distress, irregularity of bowel movements and allergies.
Why do people have colonic Hydrotherapy?
They might be suffering from different ailments within their body. Such as: Backache, Headaches, Bad breath, Bloating, White coated tongue, Candida, Thrush, Gas, Arthritis, Indigestion, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Skin Problems, Sinus or Lung conditions, Loss of concentration, Depression, Parasites, Fatigue, Weight Loss.
What is the Colon?
Your intestines are approx 8.5m long. Your small intestine is 7m long and your large colon is 1.5metres long.
The colon is a hollow tube-like organ made up of muscle that moves digested food along by a wave-like motion known as peristaltic action.
The colon absorbs water, nutrients, proteins and cell salts back into the blood stream.
How does Colon Hydrotherapy help?
When waste material has accumulated over a long period of time it breaks down and becomes toxic. The body responds by slowing down other functions. This causes constipation and sluggish bowel movement, which will affect all other systems of the body.
What signs shows a toxic, sluggish colon system?
Some of the signs of a toxic colon are – constipation, coated tongue, fetid breath, shallow complexion, abnormal body odour, dark circles under the eyes, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and hair, Saggy posture (pot belly), tension, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, chronic headaches, irritability, nervousness, nausea, depression, asthma, and backaches.
Will Laxatives or Enemas accomplish the same results as colon hydrotherapy?
To clean out the lower part of the colon, enemas are fine. But, you are missing about four feet of the colon. Laxatives are an irritant to the body. Therefore, the body produces a thin, watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste.
How is Colon Hydrotherapy different?
Colon Hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of filtered, temperature-controlled water into the colon, which fills the colon allowing impacted toxins and waste to be removed. With an experienced Certified Colon Hydro therapist, more toxins and waste can be eliminated by working the different meridians.
Why is colon hydrotherapy beneficial?
With every session we very gently flush the colon with 30 litres of warm purified water and we will be able to work loose and eliminate far more toxic waste than any other short-term technique.
The benefits of Colonic Irrigation include:
- Improved bowel function
- Increase in energy and vitality
- Relief from wind, bloating and IBS
- Natural detoxification
- Relief from headaches
- Feeling positive and relaxed
- Healthier and improved complexion
- Better posture
- Flatter stomach
- Improved concentration
- Natural weight loss
- Relief from lower back pain
- Loosening of mucus
- Improved digestion
- Improved range of movement and mental strength
- General well being
What will I expect from Colon Hydrotherapy?
Many clients have reported higher energy levels, clearer skin, brighter eyes, and relief from gas and bloating. Improved circulation, and concentration with a clearer mind. Bowel motions improve to every day sometimes twice a day depending on how well the bowel worked before colonics.
Do I need to prepare or fast before my treatment?
Prior to your colonic appointment it is advised to prepare 1 or 3 days prior to your appointment by eliminating certain foods that promote gas formation for the relief of stress in the digestive tract.
By eating lightly through snacking on such things as fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding wheat, meat, dairy, sugars and processed foods before and after your colonic, will make it more beneficial.
Also, during the colonic process, make sure you hydrate well through drinking lots of water (preferably Alkaline water), fresh fruit/vegetable juices, herbal teas and vegetable broths.
What will be advised to you is that you do have something to eat or juicing prior to your colonic appointment and this will enable your glucose levels to be nice and balanced so you don’t feel nauseous, because a colonic will allow the digestive tract to move impacted food down towards the bowel, so the stomach will feel a lot emptier, some people have experienced feeling hungry afterwards.
How far does the tube go in?
There is a speculum that is inserted only into the rectum. Once the sphincter muscle is relaxed, the speculum fits like a glove and it is made adequately comfortable for the body.
Does it hurt?
There is no real pain felt with colon hydrotherapy, there is slight discomfort when the bowel is extremely bloated, but once it leaves the body in its elimination there is a sense of relief.
In fact many people report their colon hydrotherapy sessions as being both refreshing and relaxing. However, if you have a full impacted colon, a little cramping may occur as the colon naturally contracts to expel out the waste. This is well tolerated by the general population. Once the first major impaction of faecal matter is expelled, you will find the session to be pleasant.
Will the wastes go up into my stomach?
No! Colon hydrotherapy cleans the colon only, which is the lower portion of your digestive tract. Between the colon and the small intestine there is a valve, so no matter can go up the wrong way. The flow of water from the tube is gravity fed and very gentle. There is no pressure exerted, so wastes will not be blasted from your colon into your stomach.
What does it feel like?
You will feel the water gently fill your colon, and then naturally get the urge to push it out. It’s the same feeling as when you need to poo, which is caused by the walls of the colon stretching. After you have purged the water and wastes, the water will again fill you up until you again feel the urge to push it out. This process is repeated many times over the 45 minutes. For most people there is no pain or discomfort, just the feelings associated with having a regular bowel movement.
How long does a session last?
An entire colonic treatment will last 40-60mins. Allowing some time for the bowel to eliminate completely of any water it might be holding on to. This is removed in the toilet facilities.
Is there any possibility of cross contamination?
Do you use disposable equipment?
Yes, all the tubing and catheter used is sanitary and disposed of after each use. The tubing and catheter is pre packed by our suppliers and opened also disposed of in front of each client.
Do you use filtered water?
The water introduced into the body circulates through 4 filters to maximize the filtration benefits.
Are you qualified?
Yes I am a qualified trained hydrotherapist for the closed system of colon hydrotherapy.
How do the “Open System” and “Closed System” differ?
The “Closed System” is the most popular form of colon hydrotherapy as it is very effective as well as being gentle and completely safe. The therapist’s gentle massaging will extract more waste and will be able to inform you as to your areas of problems.
Also, with a closed system, there is no mess or odour because all waste goes down the tubing, it is not exposed.
Is it safe during pregnancy?
We do not recommend colon hydrotherapy during pregnancy.
Which patients can you not perform colon hydrotherapy on?
If you have any of the following, we do not recommend you to have colon hydrotherapy:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Severe haemorrhoids or anal fissures
- Rectal or intestinal tumors
- Liver failure
- Abdominal hernia
Will colonics help me lose weight?
Most people carry many kilograms of accumulated wastes in the colon, so by cleaning these out, yes, you can lose up to 2kg in each treatment. Often people are pleasantly surprised by how effectively colon hydrotherapy flattens the abdomen, as we can be bloated with accumulated wastes, or by gases caused by bad bacteria. Colon hydrotherapy also helps to improve metabolism and the absorption of nutrients, so will contribute to weight loss by boosting the rate that we burn fat, and by helping to decrease the amount of food we eat.
The therapy is also fantastic for kickstarting a new and healthier way of life, as after a series of treatments you feel so clean and sensitive. So colon hydrotherapy is a highly beneficial adjunct to any weight loss program, but for long term weight loss you do need to exercise and have a healthy diet.
I’ve heard that I shouldn’t get colonics because it upsets the electrolyte balance. What’s that all about?
Electrolytes are the minerals in the body (mainly sodium and potassium salts) which maintain the proper electrical charge and pH balance (acid and alkaline balance) in the various organs and tissues of the body. The majority of material released during a colonic is formed stool that has already had the fluid and electrolytes removed from it. So the amount lost is very minimal and easily replaced by the body from the food and fluids we ingest. We will however, provide you with an electrolyte drink to have following your session.
Will a colonic clear up my skin?
Your skin actually “breathes” and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes if the colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will be required to make up the difference. Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as on the other organs of elimination; the lungs, liver and kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up.
What do you think about having a colonic as a part of a fasting program, and do you think it’s better to have it at the beginning or end of a fast?
Whenever you do anything that increases the rate at which toxins are released into the bloodstream, it is essential that you eliminate whatever you can through the colon.
If you don’t have the colon hydrotherapy during a fast, then you may unnecessarily experience increased discomforts of toxemia (poisonous toxins in the bloodstream). Instead of being expelled from your body, toxins may merely recirculate and settle elsewhere in organs, joints, muscles or tissues. Whether you use colonics or some other elimination aid, you must do something daily.
It is often best to do 2-3 colon hydrotherapies a week during your fast, always start with one at the beginning of the fast.
Can I have hydrotherapy when I’m menstruating?
If you are able to, it is best to wait until after your period is over to do this therapy. But if you do have your period at the time of treatment, this is OK as it will not interfere with the success of the therapy.
How long does a colonic take?
We book you an hour-long appointment, though many people usually need about 45 minutes to complete a session.
What will happen to the good bacteria in the colon? Will I lose bacteria balance after the treatment?
The helpful bacteria cannot grow and thrive in a toxic environment, whereas the harmful ones thrive and should be removed often as they generate disease and prevent the good, friendly bacteria from living in the bowel.
Just as when we grow flowers or vegetables we must first prepare the soil. A colonic is like preparing the soil. You cannot expect good bacteria to take root in a negative, decaying environment. Once we have removed the decay we can then begin to recolonise the bowel with trillions of friendly bacteria creating a wonderful and friendly environment. We give you a big dose of the good bacteria at the end of your session. Good bacteria can and should be taken as a health supplement regularly.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Colon Hydrotherapy, is just that. The therapist will hydrate your bowel in order to rid toxins and fecal matter moving out of the body, so there’s a feeling of relief. There is no anaesthetic used to undergo a colonic procedure. You actually should feel better than when you walked in.
Do I need to take probiotics (good bacteria) after colon hydrotherapy?
After your treatment you will be given a probiotic drink, but after that, its up to you. Good bacteria in our gut is so important for our health – not only for our digestion, but also for our immune system.
Gut bacteria is disturbed by many of the influences of modern life – alcohol, refined sugary foods, coffee, the Pill, cortisone (steroid anti-inflammatories), chlorine (in tap water) – so it’s a really good idea to take a probiotic supplement.
How often should I have a colon hydrotherapy treatment?
Initially it is recommended 3 visits in the space of a week to hydrate and loosen accumulated waste.
After that, it really depends on you. If you want to detox and cleanse your entire system, rid yourself of parasites, or achieve a high level of health, more sessions are recommended. After you have gained benefits from your cleanses it would be advised not to allow this accumulation to develop and debilitate you again. Your body will let you know to eliminate what has accumulated once every 3 months after your last procedure.
Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after the treatment?
Usually you will not experience problems after the colonic, but there are some cases where old debris and toxins can be stirred up causing nausea or fatigue. A mild vegetable broth or peppermint tea can help to settle this if needed.
Can I work or drive after the treatment?
Definitely. You can return to normal activities as you would after a regular bowel movement.
What kind of diet should I follow after Colon Hydrotherapy?
Following large intestinal cleansing, the body may feel weary or relaxed. This is simply your body working out and possessing through its cleaning period; so, proper rest is important for your body to rejuvenate.
After your Colonic Hydrotherapy session, we suggest that it is important to:
- Drink plenty of liquids (purified or distilled water, juices, herb teas, and electrolyte liquids)
- Eat pure food for 24 hours after each session – nothing processed or with high sugar or fat content
- Lots of fruit, vegetables
- Reduce or eliminate flesh consumption (especially beef, pork and chicken)