Colonic Irrigation

What is Colonic Irrigation?

colonic_200_140Colonic irrigation is also known as hydrotherapy of the colon, high colonic, entero-lavage, or simply colonic. It is the process of cleansing the colon by passing several gallons of water through it with the use of special equipment. It is similar to an enema but treats the whole colon, not just the lower bowel. This has the effect of flushing out impacted fecal matter, toxins, mucous, and even parasites, that often build up over the passage of time. It is a procedure that should only be undertaken by a qualified practitioner.

What does it do?

Anyone suffering from gas, bloating, cramping pains, acne and other skin complaints, arthritis, and a list of bowel complaints such as diverticulitis and irritable bowel etc., may benefit from colonic irrigation. In particular, cancer patients are often advised to undertake a course of colonic irrigation sessions as an essential part of their treatment. When a biological cancer therapy begins to enable the body to breakdown a cancerous mass, it is essential that speedy and effective elimination of the resulting toxins is achieved.

Colon and bowel cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world , and alternative practitioners insist that it can be prevented by efficient hygiene procedures. Providing that care is taken to replace the natural organisms that flourish in the bowel, many health benefits can be expected from colonic irrigation. In general, alternative practitioners maintain that an ill-functioning bowel is the source of all disease, and therefore keeping it clean will be an effective protection against this.

Removing large amounts of toxic matter relieves the patient and can lead to the alleviation of symptoms such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis, and a host of other illnesses. Properly executed, colonic irrigation can help restore normal peristaltic action to a sluggish bowel, thus reducing the need for more hydrotherapy treatments over time. In addition, removing the layer of fecal matter which coats the intestines in many individuals allows improved assimilation of the nutrients from foods and can alleviate symptoms of vitamin and other nutrient deficiencies. Many alternative health practitioners consider some form of hydrotherapy for the bowel to be essential in the treatment of degenerative diseases.

Colonic Irrigation: A gentle cleanse for your colon.

The colon is a tube approximately five feet long and two and a half inches in diameter. It extends from the lower right-hand side of the abdomen by the appendix, up to the rib cage, then downwards, ending at the anus.The digestive process is completed in the colon. Nutrients and excess water from the digested residue of food we have eaten are absorbed and toxins and waste material from the body are discharged. We experience a feeling of well being when the colon is clean and healthy. When it is congested with stagnant wastes poisons back-up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication.Autointoxication – literally “self poisoning”affects all of the body’s tissues. Poisons are reabsorbed into the bloodstream and are carried to every part of the body. In the nervous system we feel irritable and sometimes depressed. We feel weak if they back up to the heart, bloated if they reach the stomach and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs. The waste build up of months, even years can actually result in between five and fifteen pounds of weight, causing a distended and abnormally shaped colon. Autointoxication can be a causative factor in numerous serious diseases. The colon, being the largest perpetrator of diseases of any organ in the body, is said to the the initiator of 80% of all critical illnesses. This need not be the case.Other factors leading to bowel problems are improper diet, insufficient exercise, stress, overeating and ignoring the “call of nature”. Dense sticky bowel movements indicate an excess of mucus in the system. This is usually the product of mucus-producing foods such as animal products and flour. These bowel movements leave a sticky trail behind them which glues to the colon wall, eventually building up until there is a hard rubbery crust there. This crust inhibits the working of the bowel and is often carried for the duration of the person’s life. It means that wastes from the blood stream that are normally drawn in for elimination through the colon wall can’t get through, and so are reabsorbed by the body.


What is Colon Irrigation?

Colonic irrigation is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons,gas and accumulated faecal matter. Unlike an enema it does not involve the retention of water. It is the gradual and gentle introduction of purified water into the colon via the rectum. This water stimulates the colon muscle to recover it’s natural shape, tone and peristaltic wave action. About fifteen gallons of water are used, but only two to three pints are maintained internally at any time. The outflow of water takes with it accumulated faecal matter. Each treatment takes approximately three-quarters of an hour.

Does that mean my colon’s clean after an irrigation?

A series of colonics is usually necessary to dislodge hardened waste. Colonic irrigation is most effective when employed in combination with exercise and a mucus-free diet. Once the colon is clean, it is advisable to have a colonic every few months to maintain a healthy environment.

Isn’t it a bit messy?

No. The water and waste are totally contained in tubes, and the waste goes directly into the sewage system. Part of the tube is made of glass so that the therapist can check the state of the waste.

Will it damage the normal intestinal flora?

When the acid-alkaline balance becomes abnormal, and the bowel is impacted, the growth of friendly bacteria is stunted. Cleansing the colon will put this trend into reverse.During the course of treatment it is often beneficial to introduce particular herbs into the colon. Only a small amount of liquid is introduced, and shouldn’t if possible, remain in overnight.


Please have a regular meal or at least a healthy snack two or three hours before your appointment. After that, have no more solid food prior to your colonic. Feel free to have some juice or water right up to the appointment time.
Avoid any gas-forming foods the day before your appointment. Beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, raw apples or onions, cucumbers, melons, bananas, peppers, and carbonated beverages typically trigger gas. Avoid these or any foods that cause gas for you.
If your schedule allows it, to facilitate your most effective colonic, apply a castor oil pack for an hour or longer three days in a row before your appointment. Taking small amounts of virgin olive oil, either in salad or alone, is also beneficial for the colon, especially in the days before a colonic
If you have not had an elimination for a few days, a two-quart water enema the evening before your appointment may be helpful.

Post Colon Hydrotherapy Suggestions: 

Avoid gas-forming foods for two days after your colonic session.
To maintain the balance of flora in the colon, it may be helpful to have yogurt with live cultures or a probiotic supplement (4-8 friendly bacteria) for several days.
Eat more laxative foods, such as: salads, vegetables, fruit (except banana), juices, soups, fish and chicken. Beet and carrot juice is very beneficial.
Drink 48 to 64 ounces of water with fresh lemon juice after a morning appointment, or 24 to 32 ounces after an afternoon appointment.
Avoid strenuous exercise the day of your appointment.
Your next normal elimination is usually one to three days after your colonic session. 


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