What is colon hydrotherapy?

Also known as a “colonic”, “colon irrigation”, “high colonic”, or “colon lavage”, colon hydrotherapy is a safe and effective method used for cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated, gentle flushing with purified water.

The colon – what is that again?

The colon, or the large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus). The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 inches in diameter. Its major functions are to eliminate waste and conserve water. Also, there are bacteria living in the colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamins “K” and portions of the “B” complex.

What is the purpose of having colon hydrotherapy?

Well, waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e. impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms etc.) pose several problems. First, this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Second, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. And finally, a build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements, constipation and the result of these disorders.

What makes a colonic so special?

In a 30-45 minute session, as much as 20 to 30 gallons of water are used to gently flush the colon. Through appropriate use of massage, the colon therapist is able to work loose and eliminate far more toxic waste than any other short-term technique. The second, and subsequent colonics, will remove more. How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives.

How can I tell if I would personally benefit from a colonic?

Does your colon now exhibit the signs of a well functioning colon? If not, one or more sessions with a knowledgeable colon therapist may bring you great dividends.

If colonics are so good, why haven’t I heard about them before?

In a way, the answer to that is a commentary on our present-day lifestyle. Historically, artifacts and records show that people have regularly purified their bodies, including cleansing the colon. Around the turn of the 20th century, the present-day colonic machine was developed, providing a significantly improved method of accomplishing colon cleansing. Up to the late 1920′s, many medical doctors had colonic machines in their offices, and machines were found in hospitals as well. Articles dealing with colon health frequently appeared in prestigious medical and scientific journals until the early 1930′s. At that time the modern man began a 50 year love affair with drugs and surgery. These seemed to offer relatively instant relief for body aliments resulting in purification and prevention techniques becoming less attractive. Recently however, there has been a resurgence of interest in using natural approaches for healing the body, and colonics have rapidly been regaining the respectability they have already earned.

If the colon therapist is so important, what is it I should be looking for when choosing someone?

Since having a colonic is an intimate experience and is involved with emotional and mental releases as well as physical healing, you will do best working with someone with whom you can develop good rapport, and in an environment you feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. Sensitivity, skill, knowledge and experience are important to consider as they vary widely among therapists. Anyone you contact should be willing to discuss his or her educational background and health philosophy with you

What do you think about having a colonic as a part of a fasting program, and do you think its 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, 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, muscles or tissues. Whether you use colonics or some other elimination aid, you must do something daily. A knowledgeable colon therapist can be of great assistance during any cleansing program. You may find it beneficial to schedule a colonic at the beginning of your fast and ask the therapist to comment upon your plan.

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.

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.

With all this talk of bacteria, I wonder what effect colon hydrotherapy will have on our immune systems?

The removal of stagnant waste material and hardened, impacted toxic residue could rejuvenate the immune tissue that resides in the intestines. Recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. This is much higher than previously thought and makes it logical to believe that this type of therapy could strengthen the immune system.

Some people say that colonics wash out our intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?

The truth is that washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, which is only partially reached in any colonic treatment, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment, which has been washed free of putrefaction and it’s accompanying harmful bacteria. That is why the intestines of a newborn baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora. Each time you clean out the putrefying garbage and make a better environment for the flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can be absorbed in a clean environment than a putrefied one.

Will one colonic completely empty the colon?

Almost never. First of all, many of us have considerable amounts of impacted feces (hardened, rubbery like matter) in our colons. Substantial work must be done to remove it. Second, there is a subtle learning process involved in receiving colonics. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen, and as your body learns to allow the cleansing experiences, you are better able to enter into that process and therefore more material is able to be released. One colonic will remove some of the stagnant waste in the colon. The second and subsequent colonics will remove more. How many you wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives.

Can I still have a colonic done at the time of my menstrual period?

Yes, in fact it’s a great time to receive a treatment, since your body is already cleansing. Your flow will not interfere with the success of the treatment. We use absorbent pads underneath you during the colonic session in case your period begins during the session or starts to flow beyond the tampon.

I am worried that I could become dependant on colonics. If I get too many, the colon may stop functioning on its own. Are colonics habit forming?

The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. A colon therapist who is dedicated to your health will encourage you to set a goal of having a well functioning colon. Our fulfillment comes from assisting you in healing your colon, not making it dependant upon colonics. Actually, one of its better features is that a colonic can be used to tone the colon muscles so that the colon does not perform so sluggishly. Many people have sluggish colons. It may take days for bowel movements to return after a good colonic. This is when people think they are becoming “dependant” on colonics. One good colonic is worth 20 to 30 regular bowel movements, so it may take some time for fecal matter to build up in the colon once again if one has a sluggish colon. If bowel movement do not return for a few days after one colonic, it is an indication that extensive colon work is needed to remove built up debris.

Are colonics dangerous in any way?

Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. Skilled therapists will exercise extra care with an elderly person who is severely constipated. Also, colonics are never performed on pregnant women, a person with currently active ulcerative colitis, or following recent surgery. Our intent is to provide a safe and healthy service so that you do not have to worry. Disposable tubing and proctoscopes are used for each treatment. Clean linen and robes are used for each colonic as well. Purified water free of chlorine and sediment is mandatory. Chlorine destroys good bacteria in the colon.

I have been told that to be beneficial, one needs to “take a series” of colonics. What does that mean, and is it true?

It is important to be aware of your objective when working with a colon therapist. For example, if your objective is to quickly recover from the flu, or lower a fever, or eliminate a lower backache, very possibly one or two colonics may be all that is needed. However, perhaps your objective is to overcome a life-long habit of constipation, to learn to create multiple daily bowel movements and to achieve vital optimum health. To do this may require, in addition to possible dietary, exercise and attitudinal changes, regular colonic treatments for some time. How many depends on the condition of your body and how well it responds to treatment. Having colonics regularly for a while, such as daily, weekly or multiple times a week, is what is referred to as a “series”. Many colon therapists believe that to obtain results of lasting benefit, a series of colonics must be undertaken. Again, this can only be properly considered once and objective has been identified.

What can I expect afterwards?

Most likely, you will feel great. You probably will feel lighter and enjoy a greater sense of well being. Someone getting their first colonic usually remarks that it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life. Any activity you would ordinarily do, such as work or exercise, is fine to do afterwards. For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It’s also possible you may feel light-headed or chilled for a few minutes following a colonic.

How long does a treatment take?

Actual treatment time is about 45 minutes, but you should plan a total session visit of one hour in duration.

Is it embarrassing to get a colonic?

No. You will fully maintain your personal dignity. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease. Your emotions will be acknowledged and honored. After the gentle insertion of a small tube in to the rectum, you are completely covered. Rubber tubing carries clean water in and waste out in a passive gravity system. The mess and odour sometimes present during an enema simply does not exist with a colonic.

Okay, it sounds like a colonic may be good for me, but will it be painful?

It rarely is. Usually, painful experiences are the result of resistance and tension. A professional colon therapist is skilled at putting you at ease and minimizing discomfort. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterward. Sometimes during a colonic, the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they occur, are brief and easily tolerated.

You’ve been talking a lot about dysfunctional colons, and I can certainly relate to some of the signs of toxicity you mentioned. What I would like to know is what are the characteristics of a healthy, well functioning colon?

Healthy babies, animals and adults not subjected to the “refinements” of civilization (i.e. aboriginal peoples) have bowel movements shortly after each meal is eaten. So, assuming there is sufficient fibre and water available to the colon, one characteristic is a bowel movement shortly after a meal is eaten. Once the urge to eliminate is honored by a trip to the toilet, the elimination should be easy and take no more than 10 seconds. The stool will be long, large in diameter, light brown in colour, without offensive odour and should float or sink very slowly. When the toilet is flushed, the stool immediately begins breaking apart by the action of water movement. As incredible as this may sound, it is true and commonly experienced in cultures where people live more naturally.

Are there any additional benefits I might expect from a colonic?

Yes, there are several. When working with a skilled therapist, a colonic can easily be a truly educational process. You will learn to expand your awareness of your body’s functioning by listening to signals from you abdomen, skin, face and even from your bowel eliminations. You will find that you can spot the early developing conditions before they become serious, through clues from these body regions and functions.

What will colon hydrotherapy do to the colon?

Cleanses the colon: toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently, but surely removed in the process of a series of colonics. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to cooperate as it was meant to. In this very real sense, a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.

Exercises the colon muscles: the build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material.

Reshapes the colon: when problem conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape, which in turn causes more problems. The gentle actions of the water, coupled with the massage techniques of the colon therapist, helps to eliminate bulging pockets of water and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.

Stimulates reflex points: every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. A colonic stimulates these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way (similar in reflexology).

Okay, it appears to be important to cleanse the colon, but why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead?

Well, everything has its proper place, but those things really are not substitutes for colon hydrotherapy. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the first 8 to 12 inches of the colon) with only two quarts of water, where as a colonic cleanses the entire 5 feet. Suppositories are intended to accomplish the same task. Laxatives, particularly herbal laxatives, are formulated for constipation but can be extremely irritating to the intestinal walls.

But the colon is not the only organ of elimination. What makes colon hydrotherapy so important?

While the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver also serve to eliminate toxins, people throughout history have experienced that when the colon is cleansed and healed, the well-being of the whole body is greatly enhanced. Colon hydrotherapy has been found to be the most effective process available to accomplish this work quickly and easily.

Is intestinal toxicity a common condition?

Yes it is, but toxicity is not limited to just the colon. Toxic material is found throughout the body, particularly in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, the liver, etc. Colon hydrotherapy effectively eliminates large quantities of toxic waste, taking pressure off the rest of the body organs.

How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?

This condition is prevalent in all civilized societies, particularly in North America. Common signs include headaches, backaches, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odour, irritability, confusion, skin blemishes, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhea, sciatic pain and so forth. As you can see, intestinal toxicity is part and parcel of many peoples’ everyday experience.