Colonic Irrigation FAQ'sFrequently Asked Questions about Colonic Irrigation/Hydrotherapy
What is Colonic Irrigation?
Colonic Irrigation (hydrotherapy) is the gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the large intestine (colon) to help cleanse it of old faecal matter, gas, mucous and parasites. The water is infused under carefully regulated pressure using specialist equipment. When the colon has taken enough water, the therapist will gently massage the abdomen to encourage the water to move through the length of the colon (approx 5 feet) the water will then be emptied from the colon, again through the equipment, bringing with it the impacted wastes matter, which has accumulated over weeks, months, even years.
Why have colonic irrigation?
Cancer of the colon, unknown at the beginning of the Century, is today second only to lung cancer. An average person can carry between 5lbs – 25lbs of old faecal matter in their large intestine. A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. Conventional diets of today, comprised of refined and processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in natural fibre, coupled with sedentary lifestyle contribute to a multitude of bowel disorders and subsequent health problems. Poor elimination of waste products soon leads to a toxic environment posing several problems. It’s like you trying to work at home with no drains or refuse collection.
First the stagnant waste becomes putrefied and releases toxins, which seep through the walls of the colon into the blood stream making us feel tired, ill and weak. Second, the colons ability to assimilate some minerals and important vitamins becomes impaired. And finally, the muscular activity of the colon is inhibited leading to constipation and bowel disorder. Colonic irrigation quickly, safely and effectively eliminates large quantities of this toxic waste, greatly enhancing the condition of the entire body, leading to a healthier and better quality of life.
What are the benefits?
The benefits are numerous, as well as hydrating the whole body’s system and stimulating the bowel, the aesthetic benefits include a natural skin boost, increased vitality and the reduction of conditions such as cellulite. As metabolic efficiency improves it can also help with general weight loss (see below). Constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence, indigestion, I.B.S. Colitis, haemorrhoids, water retention, food allergies, bad breath, body odour, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, headaches, M.E. Fatigue, irritability, P.M.T. Candida (thrush), joint pain, liver, kidney, immune and overweight problems often improve.
Most people feel more energised with improved mental clarity experiencing an overall sense of mental and physical well being.
Can Colonic Irrigation Help with Weight Loss?
Yes, you can lose weight by having colonic irrigation. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, many people experience the immediate loss of pounds as a result of the volume of waste matter removed from their colon. Most people find that their abdomen has reduced by inches (owing to the removal of waste and trapped gas ) which can really help with motivation for your diet. Lots of people find that once they get their digestion, absorption and elimination functions in order then weight loss becomes easy. There are also tremondous benefits to be gained from getting bowel bacteria back into balance. Firstly there is the reduction in bloating (which always makes people feel fat as well as uncomfortable ). Bowel bacteria has many functions, it synthesises some of the B vitamins and facilitates the absorption of calcium which helps with weight loss.
We have numerous clients who first started coming for colonics when they were slimming and their weight had plateaued and found that their weight loss started again, we also have clients who come to give their diet a really good kick start. We also have clients who are on WW, Slimming World, Lighter Life and the Atkins diet whom have found the treatment enormously beneficial and have lost weight at a faster rate once they had a colonic treatment. There are also other issues, such as people who are constipated, which increases the reabsorbtion oestrogen which can increase weight. You also get the benefits of a really good detox and general well being.
To increase the effectivness of your colon cleansing and improve your likelihood of losing weight, you should make a few simple dietary changes. The most important and beneficial change you can make, is to add more fibre to your diet. Fruit and vegetables are filled with fiber, as are breads and cereals made from whole grains. Be sure to include plenty of high-fibre foods and 2 litres of water in your diet and you will notice your colon starting to work more efficiently. In addition, these foods tend to be healthier in general and can very easily help you lose weight (including fat ) and then keep it off!.
We also found that clients who are taking the medication Alli benefit from a colonic as a residue of fat can build up in the colon. This residue is removed with the colonic treatment.
Is it like an enema?
No. An enema works on the lower part of the colon only. Colonic irrigation cleanses the entire length of the colon.
Will it hurt?
No. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling cleaner and lighter.
Is there any special preparation needed?
No special measures are necessary prior to treatment, but it is a good idea to only eat light meals and drink plenty of water on the day.
What can I expect afterwards?
Following the treatment you can carry on as normal. In fact, many people come during their lunch hour for a treatment, however it is nicer if you can relax afterwards.
Is it embarrassing?
No, you will be covered at all times to maintain your dignity. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the procedure and will help to put you at ease. Because the system is sealed, the colonic is achieved without any offensive odour. There is no embarrassing dash to the toilet, in fact, during the entire process you will be lying comfortably on a couch. Your comfort and privacy is of utmost importance and is always respected. Afterwards you will have completely private use of the toilet and changing facilities.
How long will it take?
Probably 90% of all colonics take about 45 minutes. It could be longer or shorter than that, based on the judgement of the therapist . Before your first colonic the therapist will go over your medical history, and another 15 minutes or so should be allowed for changing. On your first visit allow an hour and a half at the clinic.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary with each individual. Most people obtain a good result with one treatment however in some cases two or three treatments fairly close together is recommended followed by a treatment once or twice a year for maintenance. Your therapist will offer you individual advice.
Is it safe?
Yes, the therapist is a qualified nurse and a hydrotherapist. The procedure is very safe as the highly filtered water is carefully introduced at a regulated and controlled temperature. Cleaning and sterilisation of the necessary equipment is carried out as normal procedure and all contact equipment is disposable and used only once.
Some people say colonic irrigation removes intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?
The truth is that washing out putrefied material in the large intestine increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only multiply in a clean environment that has been cleaned and has been washed free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria. This is why the intestines of a new-born baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora.
Each time you clean out the putrefying rubbish and make a better environment for the good flora they begin to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can be better absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied environment.