What happens during a session?
Colon hydrotherapy is a clean and refreshing process. A soothing flow of purified warm water is instilled gently into the colon through a small disposable nozzle. The small rectal nozzle is easily self-inserted to cleanse and evacuate the contents of your lower colon. The water is double purified with an Ultraviolet Water Purification System as well as a carbon filter. Your dignity is always respectfully maintained. The therapy room is comfortable and once instructed you may be in solitude for the majority of the session if preferred. The pressure, temperature and flow of water are all safely regulated. Odor and content are whisked away through the drain. A session usually lasts between 30-45 minutes.
Is it safe?
Yes. A new, sterile nozzle is used for each client and the table is thoroughly sterilized after each use. There are check valves in the system to insure there is no backflow of water. The water is double purified using a carbon filter as well as an Ultraviolet Water Purification System. The water is gravity fed using only between 1-3 PSI. and this equipment is FDA approved.
Does the process hurt?
For most clients the session is basically comfortable. The self-inserted flexible tube is about the size of a number two pencil. It is not unusual to feel shy at first but every measure is taken to insure the client feels respected and at ease at all times. Mild cramping may be experienced but is normal and quickly subsides. If the client ever feels that he/she is uncomfortable the session can be immediately interrupted.
Is it the same as an enema?
How many will I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the needs of the individual and the condition or goal being addressed. Research shows that often there is hardened waste material, sometimes referred to as plaque, lodged in the lining of the colon which may require a series to allow time to properly hydrate and loosen the material so it can be eliminated. However, clients often report having a feeling of being cleaner and lighter after their first visit.
The recommendation for a “colon cleanse” for the average person using colon hydrotherapy is two sessions back to back (one day then the next day) for two weeks, one per week for eight weeks and then on to a maintenance program each month or however the client sees fit.
The client should always keep in mind that it is his/her wellness program and only to do treatments as they feel they are needed or as their physician recommends.
Are there side effects or can I return to normal activities after the session?
There are usually no side effects. Some clients may experience flu-like symptoms or feel a bit tired. This will quickly subside. Many report feeling light and energetic immediately afterwards. Normal activities should not be impaired.
What are the benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy?
This is not a medical procedure and we are not allowed to make any claim of benefits. However, besides the obvious alleviation of constipation, colon hydrotherapy may offer relief from a variety of disturbances such as gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort and many other symptoms associated with GI tract disturbances. Many clients report that colonics are a great kick-start to a new diet/exercise program or for use as an addition to other cleansing programs.
Will I lose weight?
Although many clients report they do notice weight loss, if there is any weight loss it is from old waste being removed from the body and not actual body mass such as fat or muscle tissue. Colon hydrotherapy works best when combined with a healthy diet, exercise and a positive lifestyle.
Will I become dependent on them?
No Colon hydrotherapy works with the body’s natural peristaltic action and will not create dependency.
Will it damage the flora?
It is true that when you flush out waste some of the beneficial flora “good bacteria” will be flushed out as well. Research suggests that when you clean out the putrefying matter it makes a better environment for good flora to multiply. It is suggested that you discuss with your physician re-establishing good flora using probiotics.
What about electrolytes?
Research suggests that there is minimal effect on the electrolytes.
Will my insurance pay for it?
You may check with your insurance company if you are under the care of a GI doctor who has prescribed the procedure but in most cases it will not.
Should I see my doctor before my first session?
Are there contra-indications or people who should not do colonics??
Yes. Although it is fine for most, individuals with the following conditions should NOT have colon hydrotherapy:
- Abdominal hernia
- Recent abdominal surgery
- Abnormal distension
- Acute liver failure
- Severe anemia
- Aneurysm – All Types
- Carcinoma of the colon
- Cardiac condition
- Crohn’s disease
- Dialysis patients
- Diverticulitis (diverticulosis is OK with doctor’s permission)
- Intestinal perforations
- Rectal/colon surgery
- Renal insufficiencies
- Taking medications which may weaken intestinal walls
Is it OK to have this treatment at the time of my menstrual period?