Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is colon hydrotherapy / colonic irrigation?
Colon Hydrotherapy, traditionally known as Colonic Irrigation, gently fills the colon with warm sterile filtered water through a small sterile rectal tube. When the water is flushed out, it carries with it any material that has built up in the large intestine (colon), waste matter, toxins and trapped gases.
2. Is there a special kind of water used for Colon Hydrotherapy?
We use highly filtered water which passes through two separate filters before being heated to the correct temperature. This filtered water is capable of absorbing and flushing more toxins out of the colon because of its drawing effect on solid particles, chemicals and other matter.
3. How is Colon Hydrotherapy different from enemas?
Enemas are good to clean out the sigmoid and rectal areas of the colon, which extend to about 1 ft. A series of colon-hydrotherapy treatments can clean out and remove impacted material from the whole colon which is 5 ft long. Additionally, colon hydrotherapy promotes peristalsis and helps the colon muscles regain tone therefore assisting the return of regular bowel movements.
4. Will laxative accomplish the same result?
Laxatives empty the colon short term but are an irritant to the body. Therefore, the body produces a thin watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste. Colon hydrotherapy uses pure water and does not irritate the body. One of the tremendous benefits is that it actually hydrates the body.
5. What can I expect from Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable procedure used to assist the body for a wide variety of different colon-related conditions. By re-toning the bowel wall and improving colon functions, the entire body is able to function more efficiently.
6. How do toxins accumulate in the body?
Toxins accumulate in the body as a result of stress and/or consuming too much acidic food, such as sugar, white flour, caffeine and alcohol. When the bowel becomes unnaturally acidic, it attempts to protect itself by secreting a glyco-protein substance that lines the entire intestinal wall. This is known as mucoid plaque. This substance is what makes it hard for the body to absorb vitamins and nutrients, which could result in chronic malnutrition. When the bowel becomes toxic, it contaminates the blood, which in turn, spreads the toxins to the heart, lungs, brain, muscles etc. as it is delivering nutrients throughout the body. In the end, the liver is left to deal with toxic blood, and after years of relentless toxicity, it will become sluggish until it will no longer function. At this point, the toxins will begin to collect in other parts of the body. Diseases will manifest wherever they settle. Overall, cleansing allows you to remove accumulated mucoid plaque in order to rebuild your bowel, your liver and protect yourself from disease.
7. Can you describe what a healthy well–functioning bowel is?
When one feels the urge to eliminate and immediately honors the urge by a trip to the toilet, elimination is quick and painless and will feel complete. Stools are medium to light brown, have very little odor and will break up in water.
8. How many daily movements does a healthy bowel have?
A healthy bowel may have two to three bowel movements daily, depending on what you eat.
9. How many sessions are recommended?
We offer treatment plans best suited to the individual’s condition and needs. Each individual is treated on a case-by-case basis.
10. How much time is required for a Colon Hydrotherapy session?
Please allow one hour for your first visit. This is a timed procedure, therefore please be on time for your appointment and slightly earlier for your first appointment to allow time to fill out your paperwork. Please allow one hour for each subsequent visit.
11. Is it possible to have Colon Hydrotherapy treatment while having periods?
Colon Hydrotherapy is perfectly safe during this time and will help decrease the cramps and the bloating accompanying the menstruation.
12. How does Colon Hydrotherapy affect the bacteria balance in my body?
Colon hydrotherapy does not flush all good or bad bacteria out of the body. Once toxins are removed from the colon, the beneficial bacteria have a cleaner habitat facilitating their reproduction and multiplication, therefore achieving a positive bacterial balance.
13. What are the signs or symptoms when we first begin to omit toxic substances and begin to clean out the colon?
When a regular diet of stimulates such as coffee, tea, alcohol, sugar and others are eliminated from your diet, some clients comment about having headaches, flu-like symptoms and even mild depression. At this stage of a detox, cleansing through Colon Hydrotherapy helps to flush toxins are out of the system, hence Colon Hydrotherapy is recommended with three sessions in the first two weeks.
14. Why do the symptoms or signs happen?
This is due to the body discarding toxins which are removed from the tissues and then transported by the blood to the liver and then the colon for elimination. All symptoms generally pass by the third or fourth session of Colon Hydrotherapy. Clients often comment on their increased energy levels after the second session.
15. Is Colon Hydrotherapy habit forming?
No, colon hydrotherapy is not habit forming. On the contrary, one of the features of colon hydrotherapy is the toning of the colon muscles, which helps in maintaining and resuming regular bowel movements.
16. How will we know when the colon is empty?
The colon will probably never be empty, as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the impacted material is released, clients comment on feeling the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a well functioning colon.
17. Is Colon Hydrotherapy painful?
Only in the case of an impacted colon, you may experience a slight discomfort. Some cramping may occur as the colon contracts to expel waste. Once the major impaction is removed, you will find the session pleasant and relaxing.
18. Is Colon Hydrotherapy embarrassing?
Your dignity and privacy is completely maintained at all times in the comfort of our calming and soothing private treatment room. During your bowel movement, there is no odor with the closed system.
19. Are there any contra-indications to Colon Hydrotherapy?
There are a few contra-indications to keep in mind when considering colon hydrotherapy, including recent colon and abdominal surgeries, hernias, uncontrolled high blood pressure and other conditions. We thoroughly check the suitability of each individual prior to starting any treatment. In some cases, we may refer you to your doctor for further examinations to assess suitability for treatment.
20. What preparation do I need to do prior embarking on a colon hydrotherapy treatment program?
No fasting is necessary prior to a treatment, and the few dietary adjustments we recommend will greatly enhance the program’s results. We believe these are very important and we encourage you to commit and to follow them in order to get the maximum benefits from the course of treatments.
21. What should I do immediately before a session?
It is advisable to refrain from eating or drinking anything one hour prior to your scheduled appointment. This is to avoid feelings of bloating, as well as ensuring maximum comfort during your Colon Hydrotherapy session.
22. After a session, how might I feel?
You will leave your treatment session feeling re-balanced, rejuvenated, re-energized. You will receive post-therapy instructions to balance after a session. Know that you can do anything after your session you would normally do – exercise, eat, work, etc.
23. What kind of diet should I follow immediately after a Colon Hydrotherapy session?
Following a cleansing of the large intestinal, the body may feel very relaxed. This is simply your body working out and processing through its cleaning period; proper rest is important at this time to give your body time to rejuvenate. Immediately after receiving Colon Hydrotherapy, it is important to:
- Drink plenty of liquids (purified water, juices, herb teas and electrolyte liquids).
- Avoid eating raw vegetables straight after the treatment. Steamed vegetables and raw fruit are sufficient. (To be chewed very thoroughly).
- Reduce meat consumption (especially beef, pork as well as chicken), alcohol, caffeine, and sugar intake.
- We will provide you with a program to follow for the duration of your treatment.
24. Does Colon Hydrotherapy affect the electrolyte balance in the body?
In the 1989 study, “Effects of Colon Hydrotherapy on Serum Electrolytes” conducted by National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, USAfound: “No patients experienced any clinically significant symptoms or disturbances”.