A build-up of materials in the large intestine wall can inhibit the colon’s muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements, slow transit times, and constipation.
Colon hydrotherapy is a safe method of removing waste from the lower part of the large intestine without the use of drugs such as laxatives while stimulating peristalsis (the wave-like muscular action the colon uses) and hydrating the colon. Infusing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon through a small (pencil size) sterile disposable rectal tube, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis.
The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improve peristalsis (muscular contraction) by which the colon naturally moves material.
A colonic will eliminate stored fecal matter, gas, and toxic substances from the large intestine. The therapeutic effect improves muscle tone and re-stabilizes normal bowel movements enhancing the colon’s ability to absorb nutrients.
The removal of waste encourages better colon function and elimination.
Colon hydrotherapy (also known as colonics or colonic irrigation) hydrates your colon and body to make your digestive system work better at improving your colon’s own peristalsis.
This is like giving your bowel an internal gym workout.
Simulating the peristaltic action of the colon restores normal muscle tone to correct intestinal transit problems such as constipation and diarrhea without medication.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle and effective method of removing accumulated waste and may aid the body in healing from a wide variety of conditions and systems such as:
Bloating & Gas
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Menstrual bloating & cramping
Acne & skin conditions
Fatigue, stress & ‘brain fog’
Colon hydrotherapy may support the benefits of a juice cleanse or detox diet and sports performance.
We believe that good health and mental clarity begins in the gut.
Cleaning the colon relieves pressure on the digestive system and other organs of elimination including the lungs, kidney, liver and skin.
People experience a wide range of physical, mental and emotional benefits after a series of colonics.
What should I do before my appointment?
Sessions are most productive when you are well hydrated, so aim to drink two liters of water and/or herbal teas for several days beforehand. We recommend you refrain from eating in the two hours prior to your appointment.
Will one cleansing completely empty the colon?
Almost never will one colon hydrotherapy session cleanse your colon completely? Many of us may have up to 11 lbs or more of impacted feces in our colons. The feces can be hard, rubbery material, and substantial work must be done to remove it. One cleansing removes some, the second, more. Your personal objectives will determine how many colonics you wish to have. To begin with, it is generally recommended to have 3-4 sessions within a 10-14 day period to maximize results in cleaning the length of the colon and getting the desired reset.
Is colon hydrotherapy embarrassing?
No mess, no fuss, no odor – in fact, a very relaxing experience. After you gently insert the pencil thin tube yourself, one and a half inches into your bottom, you are completely covered during the entire procedure.
Is colonic irrigation painful?
Rarely. Sometimes during the procedure, the muscles of the colon contract suddenly, expelling considerable liquid and waste into the rectum. The contraction may feel like cramping or gas with pressure in the rectum. Most of the process is mild and gentle with a wonderfully light and empty feeling after your session is complete.
Is having a colonic safe and sanitary?
With the use of high-tech, disposable apparatus, the equipment is new every session. The Open system is completely hygienic, safe, and superior even to sterilization.
What other benefits may I expect from colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but a valuable procedure used to assist the body with a wide variety of colon-related conditions. By re-toning the bowel wall and improving colon functions, the entire body is able to function more efficiently.
Common effects are sinus drainage, a loosening of mucous in the lungs, improved range of motion, skin tightening, feeling younger, clearing up of acne and skin conditions, improved posture, abdomen softening and shrinking, relief from headaches, less fatigue, body weight correction, relief from bloating and improved bowel function. Colon hydrotherapy works to soothe and tone the colon, helping it to eliminate more efficiently. The function as a whole reduces the burden on other organs and the lymphatic system. The main benefit received from releasing the old toxic waste is that we remove the number one source of disease in the body. The bowel then works more efficiently in eliminating waste, and nutrient absorption is improved.
Will laxatives or enemas accomplish the same results?
Using an enema you are missing most of the colon. During a colonic, the water washes all the way through the colon or bowel to the ileocecal valve (this is where the small and large intestines meet). Laxatives are an irritant, causing the body to produce a thin, watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste on the walls of the colon, but depletes the colon of good bacteria. Laxatives can also be very habit-forming.
Can one become dependent on it? Could the colon stop functioning on its own?
Colon hydrotherapy retrains the muscle of the bowel to regain strength. The bowel muscle is forced to work against the water, providing resistance much like a weight provides resistance against a muscle in bodybuilding. After the bowel has regained its strength, it works better on its own. Colonics are like “colon aerobics.”
Does colon hydrotherapy wash away all bacteria, even the good?
If your bowel is toxic you have little or no good intestinal flora, to begin with. As in gardening, if you do not prepare the soil and fertilize the ground, plants will not live. The helpful bacteria can only live in an acidic environment, whereas the harmful ones thrive in an alkaline environment. Most people, due to years of improper eating, lack of exercise, and poor elimination, have an alkaline colon. The great benefit of the cleansing program is to change the environment from alkaline to acid. If we make conditions favorable in the colon for bifidophilus and acidophilus cultures – the good bacteria – they will populate. Removing toxic material and gases is the first step. Replenishing good bacteria can be accomplished by oral supplementation.
What should I eat following my appointment?
It’s best to eat lightly after your session. Focus on easy-to-digest, nourishing foods (such as soups, fruits, and lightly steamed vegetables). Try to avoid foods that are difficult to digest, highly processed, or spicy.
Can l have a colonic session while menstruating?
Yes, you may have colon hydrotherapy while menstruating. You may have noticed that when you have your period you feel congested, heavy, crampy, and achy in the pelvic area. Bloated in the abdomen, with possible lower back discomfort. You may feel lethargic and moody. Maybe also experiencing constipation like a lot of women do at this time in their cycle.
Don’t feel embarrassed, or not come into the Clinic. We are really happy at Vigorus Vitality to be able to offer a colonic treatment that will make your symptoms so much better and you will generally feel much more comfortable. Many women tell us after a colonic they feel less heavy, less bloated, and get back some energy. Colonics are an appropriate treatment to use while you are premenstrual, have your period, and after it has finished.
We ask prior to the treatment starting to remove your tampon if using and at the end of the treatment use the machine hose as normal to wash and insert a new tampon. It is as easy as that.
Is colon hydrotherapy suitable for all ages?
Colon hydrotherapy can be for any age from 10 years to 90. If you are aged under 16, we require that you book a full naturopathic consultation. Whether or not colonic hydrotherapy is a suitable therapy for you will be decided at the naturopath’s discretion. If you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you must have a guardian present with you for a colon hydrotherapy procedure, as they will be required to sign a medical questionnaire on your behalf.