COLON HYDROTHERAPY – COLONICS
What is Colon Hydrotherapy – Colonics?
Colon hydrotherapy (also known as Colonics) is a safe, effective method of hydrating and removing waste (fecal matter, gas and mucous) from the large intestine (your colon). Using warm, filtered and pressure regulated water, waste is softened and loosened from the walls of the colon and evacuated through natural peristalsis, which is the muscle movement that food uses to travel through your digestive system.
Things you need to know about Colon Hydrotherapy
Why would we want to do this?
Because a healthy well-functioning bowel is essential for the maintenance of optimal health. A build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action, causing sluggish bowel movement, slow transit time, and constipation. Anyone who has suffered from chronic constipation can tell you how unwell they feel. In addition, if the ileocecal valve between your small and large intestine isn’t working properly, waste can flow back into your small intestine and your bloodstream, impacting your organs and other body systems.
Regardless of whether you have a bowel movement every day, there is always some buildup in your colon. Many people think that it is like a garden hose, but it is actually a series of ‘pouches’, called haustra. So while fecal matter, undigested food and mucous travel through, they leave a bit behind and over time, this can build up. Think of your teeth; you brush them twice every day, but there is still residue built up over time. Your colon is the same.
How Do We Do This?
Using the FDA and Canada Health approved Aquanet EC-2000, a disposable speculum is gently inserted into the rectum, and a waste tube is attached to the end of the speculum and the machine, allowing you to see what waste is travelling from you via the view tube and then into the sanitation system without odour. The water that is used is taken from the municipal supply, but then filtered and sterilized using UV Rays and heated to about body temperature. This ensures your safety and comfort. We allow the water to flow in and out of your colon, and periodically do a ‘fill’, where we keep the water flowing in, but stop it from flowing out. This fills the colon a bit more and helps the water break the waste away from the wall of your colon. Because your therapist is always with you, the two of you are in constant communication, and the pressure in your colon is constantly being monitored, there is no danger to you whatsoever. While no part of this process should be painful, you may experience some discomfort when the speculum is being inserted. Some clients do feel some cramping and in some cases a bit of nausea when the waste is coming away from the colon wall, but the water pressure can be adjusted to make you as comfortable as possible.
How Do We Keep You Safe?
We use only disposable speculum kits, you wear disposable shorts and the massage table has disposable pads on it. The speculum is only inserted approx. 1 inch, so there is no risk of perforation of any kind. In addition, we monitor the pressure in your colon at all times to ensure that it is at a safe level. After your session, because you release good and bad bacteria over the course of the treatment, we provide you with a probiotic drink to replenish the healthy bacteria that may have been lost.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Your large intestine is 4 to 6 feet long, and everyone is different and has been exposed to different environments and stresses, so there is no standard number of session recommended. You will feel great even after your initial session, but it is necessary to take additional colonics to sufficiently cleanse the colon. We suggest that you book a single session and discuss your health goals and background with your therapist during the consultation. During your session and based on your results, we’ll discuss recommendations. Typically, a course of 6-10 sessions over an initial 3-5 week time frame produces the best results with regular maintenance thereafter.
How Should I Prepare For My Sessions?
We recommend that you refrain from drinking and eating a heavy meal at least two hours prior to your appointment and ensure that you are well hydrated. In the 48 hours prior to your appointment, sip as much water as possible (with a target of half your weight in ounces), avoid gassy foods like cauliflower, broccoli, tofu and cabbage, do not drink any alcohol or carbonated beverages and avoid chewing gum.
Will One Colonic Completely Empty My Colon?
Typically, one colonic will not completely empty your colon. Many of us have impacted feces and undigested food and there is work to be done to remove it over the course of your sessions. The first session is the hardest for most people, as they are unsure what to expect and their body tends to be a bit tense. As you go through the experience and subsequent sessions, you will feel more relaxed and your body will release more material.
How Will I Feel Afterwards?
People are often energized following a colonic and report feeling lighter and less bloated. Many clients have reported clearer eyes and skin.
Will I Go Back To Regular Bowel Movements After A Colonic?
There can be a slight delay in your routine, depending on how much material is released and how much of a workout your colon had during the session. For some, it can take up to 4 days after their first session to resume a normal bowel schedule, but that does decrease over the course of your sessions, so that when you have a colonic, you return to your regular bowel schedule the following day. This is a result of your colon being toned by the process; the motility getting stronger over the course of your sessions.
Colonics Frequently Asked Questions
Is This The Same As A Colonoscopy?
No. A colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
Colon Hydrotherapy (also known as a colonic) is the gentle rinsing of your large intestine using filtered water and natural healing elements like chlorophyll, aloe, coffee and wheat grass. Colon Hydrotherapy can be used to prepare for a colonoscopy. While you get to see what comes out of your colon, you can’t see inside your colon with a colonic.
What's The Difference between A Colon Hydrotherapy, A Colonic and An Enema?
Colon Hydrotherapy is also referred to as a colonic. An enema is a different process and can be done at home, but usually only reaches the sigmoid and descending colon (approx. 2 feet). A colon hydrotherapy session allows water to flow through all 4-6 feet of the colon.
What Healing Elements Are Used And What Do They Do?
All of our healing elements have specific benefits and they can be used singly or combined, based on health history and needs. Our element list includes:
- Organic Coffee
- Aloe Vera
- Citricidal (Grapefruit Seed Extract)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Oregano Oil
- Echinacea Oil
- Clary Sage Oil
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
What Conditions Could Benefit From A Colonic?
Colon hydrotherapy can assist the body with healing a variety of conditions:
- constipation, bloating and excessive gas
- irritable bowel
- candida overgrowth
- skin problems (Acne, Psoriasis or Eczema)
- brittle nails and hair
- abnormal body odour
- unpleasant breath
- backache and general stiffness
- poor concentration
- weight loss (in some cases)
- pre-menstrual cramps
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Although most people report improvement after one session, we recommend a minimum of three sessions to notice substantial improvements in your system. Each client is different. To cleanse the entire colon well typically takes 6-10 sessions. After your initial series, take a break, see how you feel and come back in 3-6 months, after a trip or a bout of antibiotics for a quick ‘tune-up’.
I Go To The Bathroom Every Day. Do I Still Need A Colonic?
The average person carries around between 5 and 40 pounds of fecal matter (yes – can you believe that!). Even if you go to the bathroom every day, some waste gets left behind in the small pouches (haustra) that make up your colon. Compare it to your dental care – you brush your teeth every day, but they still need regular cleaning.
Does It Hurt?
NO. This is probably the most frequently asked question. We wouldn’t say it feels lovely though. The closest description would be that it feels rather like diarrhea or having a bowel movement, because you are! The speculum is inserted about an inch, and as long as the client can relax, no part of this process should be painful. There may be some cramping; that is typically prior to a client releasing a large amount of fecal matter and mucous. Diana always tells people “better in the tube than in you!”
Is It Safe?
YES. Everything that comes into contact with the client is disposable – the pads they lay on, the shorts they wear (for privacy) and the speculum that allows the filtered water to travel in and the waste to travel out. Our therapist is I-ACT (International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy) trained and registered and meets the highest professional and ethical standards. You are in very safe hands.
What about my electrolytes? And doesn’t it take away the good bacteria in my system?
We space the sessions out depending on a client’s needs and availability to ensure that their system has a chance to re-balance. Your safety and well-being are our primary concern.
How Long Is Each Session?
The first session is booked for 90 minutes so that the client has time to complete their initial paperwork and we have time to review it and the procedure with them and answer any questions they might have. Subsequent sessions are booked for 60 minutes unless advised otherwise. For example, some clients who have specific issues/physical impairments may require 90 minutes to be booked.
Is There Anything I Need To Do To Prepare For The Session?
In preparation for a treatment, we recommend that the following be done at least 48 hours prior to the appointment:
- Do not chew gum
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages including soft drinks (soda), carbonated water and beer
- Try to avoid “gassy” foods like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and tofu
- Sip plenty of water until 1 hour prior to the appointment time
- Try not to eat a large meal within 2 hours of the appointment
Please be advised that no fasting of any sort is required. As well, please be sure that they are not taking any antibiotics on the day of your treatment, as the treatment may make them less effective.
What Happens After The Session? Do I Have To Be Around A Bathroom All Day?
After the session, they can go back to their regular schedule – go back to work, go to the gym, out for dinner – whatever they like. They will have to pee a bit more over the next 12 hours of so because of the amount of water that they’ve absorbed, but other than that they should feel great and sleep very well that night. I advise people to eat lightly just to give their system a break.
Is Someone With Me During The Session?
Yes, the therapist is with you the entire time to guide you through the process, perform light massage and answer any questions you have.
What's Included In The Price Of The Session? Do I Have To Pay Extra For The Disposable Speculum or The Healing Implant?
The session pricing includes everything – the disposable speculum kit, the disposable shorts and post-treatment robe, the healing implant, the probiotic afterward – EVERYTHING. The only time the client would pay extra would be if they needed an extended session, due to special circumstances.
What Kind of Machinery Is Used For This?
We use the FDA and Health Canada approved Aquanet EC-2000. It is the premier closed system available, because if allows the therapist to tailor the water flow to the client’s needs, allowing for maximum comfort.
What's The Difference Between An Open And A Closed System?
During a closed system treatment, you are lying on a massage table during the session. The speculum is inserted approximately 1 inch and the hoses attached to it run from you directly to the machine, so no odour escapes. It has both a small hose for warm filtered water to flow in and a larger hose for waste to flow out. You are able to see what you are releasing through the viewing tube that takes the waste back to the sewage. Your therapist remains with you the entire time and will perform light massage if needed/desired. Your therapist, in constant communication with you, is in control of the water going in and then releasing the water via the waste control. All of the waste goes through the tube without you having to push; your therapist will guide you in breathing through it.. In addition, your therapist will add healing elements like chlorophyll, aloe, coffee and wheatgrass to help breakdown the fecal matter and mucous, ensuring that you have a great release.
The Open system is more of a self-serve model. You are shown how to operate the machinery and how to position yourself on the bed for insertion of the rectal tube. The bed typically resembles a bathtub and you position yourself for comfort. As the water trickles in and you get the urge to defecate or push out, you do so. The water and the fecal matter goes around the tube and drops through the contour basin under your bottom in the table and then travels through the clear tube at the side of the table. While providing tips for you, the therapist may not stay in the room with you during the treatment.
Which system you choose is up to you, based on your personal comfort and your self-awareness.
Where Does The Water Come From?
The water is taken from the municipal supply, filtered three times and sterilized using UV Filters.
Where Does The Waste Go?
It goes back directly into the municipal sewage system.
Who Can Have A Session?
Almost everyone can benefit from a series of colonics. If you don’t have any of the contraindications (listed below) and are over the age of 18, it will definitely benefit you! It’s a wonderful part of a healthy lifestyle, and will help keep you on track. Once you’ve seen undigested food come out of your system, people are typically far more aware of how they eat and chew.
Contraindications for colon hydrotherapy are:
- Cancer of the colon or GI Tract
- Vascular aneurysm
- Acute abdominal pain
- Renal insufficiency
- Recent history of GI bleeding
- Epilepsy or psychoses
- Congestive heart failure
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Carcinoma of the rectum
- History of seizures
- Severe hemorrhoids
- Abdominal surgery
- Intestinal perforation
- Fissures or fistula
- Recent heart attack
- Abdominal hernia
- General debilitation
- Recent colon or rectal surgery