What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colonic irrigation or colon hydrotherapy is a gentle internal bath that helps to cleanse the large intestine from accumulated faecal matter, toxic gas and mucus deposits. It is a great preventative way of keeping your inner body clean and your colon in good shape. The importance of a healthy colon is not new. It was recognised even by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Indian civilizations who were reputed to have practiced Colonic Irrigation as long ago as 1500BC.
Why do I need colonic Irrigation?
If we lived correctly, we would have no need to concern ourselves with the bowel. However, most of us do not live correctly. We don’t eat the right foods, we don’t get the right exercise, and we are too busy to listen to our bodies and have a healthy daily routine. There are so many things we don’t do correctly; we can’t expect the bowel to function correctly. Most people do not remember what it’s like to have a clean healthy colon with calm and content feeling in the stomach.
What does my appointment involve?
Your first visit involves taking of a case history with the full explanation of the procedure, followed by a 30 –45min treatment during which time warmed and purified water will be gently introduced into the colon via the rectum from a raised gravity tank. While all this takes place, a colonic therapist works progressively around the structure of the colon using special massaging techniques to encourage the water to move through the large intestine and soften any stubborn matter and trapped gas, which is then eliminated via a waste pipe. It is pain free, although it may be slightly uncomfortable. Your modesty is preserved at all times.
Is it safe?
In the hands of a professional colon therapist it is not only safe, but also beneficial. Equipment used is either disposable or sterilised, using the latest and most modern approved sterilisation solutions, which kills all prevalent bacteria, viruses and fungi. Water pressure is very low, so there is no danger of bowel perforation.
Is it possible to over stretch or perforate the colon through colonic irrigation?
Not really. Very often the bowel is already distorted and over stretched because of the retention of old faecal matter and gas. Only an adequate amount of water is given to a person and kept within the comfort zone, so perforation is highly unlikely. A manually operated Gravity Unit is used in the clinic, not a machine, which allows a therapist to have a better control over the water flow.
Does the bowel get lazy if you have a lot of colonics?
No, on the contrary, the internal ‘massage’ provided by colonic irrigation improves the muscle tone of the bowel. By unloading the colon from the excessive build up of waste and toxic gas we help to restore the normal ability of the colon to function properly.
Does colonic irrigation wash out all good bacteria in the bowel?
Loose bacteria will be expelled, which is part of our waste, but the removal of old faeces allows a better chance of long-term colonisation of the bowel with ‘good’ bacteria. In the short-term, 1-2 capsules of high potency probiotics are given immediately after the treatment to ‘restock’ the bowel flora.
Is there any other way of detoxifying the colon other than colonic irrigation?
Historically, herbs like Phsyllium Husk with Bentonite Clay have been used to detoxify the bowel, but they are probably most useful in combination with colonic irrigation, not as a completely effective substitute.
Are there any circumstances in which colonic hydrotherapy is not recommended?
Yes. If the patient has:
Can I use laxatives to clean the bowel?
|• Severe cardiac disease
• High Blood pressure
• Severe anaemia
• Advanced pregnancy
• Gastro-intestinal haemorrhage of any type
• Liver cirrhosis
• Carcinoma of colon or rectum
• Abdominal hernia
|• Recent colon or rectal surgery
• Renal insufficiency
• Severe prostate condition
Long term use of laxatives should be avoided as they can cause an atonic non-functioning colon. Unlike regular use of laxatives, colonic hydrotherapy helps to strengthen up the intestinal muscle, promote natural motility and is not habit forming.
What is the difference between an enema and a colonic irrigation?
An enema is supposed to clean only the lower part of the colon. It cannot reach all the way up the colon no matter how many enemas one may have. Essentially, colonic is much more sophisticated and thorough form of enema and an equivalent of about 30 enemas.
Is preparation required?
No special measures are necessary, although it is advisable to avoid heavy meals prior to treatment.
Is there any aspect of the treatment which could be embarrassing?
It is entirely discreet, and genuinely less embarrassing than a bikini wax. It is so discreet that some people like to come with friends, spouse or family members and chat throughout the session.
Unlike an enema, there is no mess or odour.
Will my skin improve?
The skin is a vicarious way of elimination. Various skin eruptions may occur due to the absorption of toxic substances from the colon, but after a few treatments any skin complaint should swiftly disappear. Very often people come in grey...and go out pink.
Will I loose weight with colon hydrotherapy?
Yes, it is not uncommon to lose a few pounds immediately after the treatment since it is most effective way of unloading the colon from accumulated waste, but that is what you lose, not body fat. However, the weight loss can be more rapidly achieved when colonic treatments are combined with slimming and detox programmes.
How many treatments?
This entirely depends on the individual case and years of incorrect lifestyle preceding the first treatment. Usually, the recommendation can be given immediately after the first visit. The number of sessions may vary from only one to a few spread out over a period of time, after which maintenance treatment may be continued.