Frequently Asked Questions:
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is a process of introducing warm purified water into the colon through a small tube. When the colon becomes filled with water, the water flows out through a larger tube bringing with it old fecal matter. The process of introducing water, and then releasing stored fecal debris typically lasts about 45 minutes.
How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?
This condition is common civilized societies, particularly in North America. Common signs include headaches, backaches, joint pain, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odour, irritability, confusion, skin blemishes, allergies, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhoea, kidney stones, gallstones, sciatic pain and so forth. As you can see, intestinal toxicity is part of many peoples' everyday experience. Your bowel is your sewage system for your entire body, if it is not clean the rest of the body suffers also.
Is intestinal toxicity a common condition?
Yes it is, but toxicity is not limited to just the colon. Toxic material is found throughout the body, particularly in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, the liver, etc. Colon hydrotherapy effectively eliminates large quantities of toxic waste, taking pressure off the rest of the body organs, thus allowing the whole body to work more effectively. This is why people often comment on joint pain relief, or a glow in their skin, decrease in acne and improved overall energy after having colonics.Your bowel plays a central role in the effective functioning of all systems in the body.
Why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead?
Everything has its proper place, but those things really are not substitutes for colon hydrotherapy. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the first 6 to 12 inches of the colon) with only 1-2 L of water, where as a colonic cleanses the entire 5-6 feet. Suppositories are intended to accomplish the same task. Laxatives, particularly herbal laxatives, are formulated for constipation but can be extremely irritating to the intestinal walls. They irritate along the entire digestive tract because they are taken orally. This can greatly impair the absorption functions of the small intestine. This is also why laxatives are never recommended for long term use; their side effects are awful, and eventually they stop working, making the problem worse.
What are the health benefits of colon hydrotherapy?
Health benefits vary by individuals. Many people report the following health benefits:
- increased energy
- improved stomach digestion
- improved bowel movements
- better body absorption of nutrients
- minimize effects of natural aging
- increase in daily mental clarity
- elimination of many food cravings or sensitivities
- improved ability to lose body weight
- stimulate body’s immune functions
- healthier, clearer skin
- the prevention of illness
- improvement in mood, and emotional well-being
Does colon hydrotherapy cause discomfort or pain?
Colon hydrotherapy is not painful. You may feel some discomfort or pressure, but this generally passes quickly. This is usually gas passing. Some people do feel cramping, this is usually due to them holding the water and not fully expelling it as guided by your therapist.Your therapist will offer massage or teach you some massage techniques to use during your session to ease any discomfort, as well as reminding you to push if you feel any discomfort or they will turn the water off; until you expel the water and feel better. Generally the only sensation you feel is the urge to have a bowel movement and the relief of releasing stool and or water.
How much old fecal matter is stored in the colon?
It’s estimated that the colon stores about 3-5 lbs of debris, and in some individuals this can be as much as 20 lbs (though this is VERY rare. This old fecal matter stores along the colon wall, which can become hardened mucus attached to the colon wall.
How many sessions are needed to clean the colon entirely?
The number of sessions recommended depend on your symptoms. People with minor issues do well after 3 to 6 sessions. Others require more sessions. One session is never enough to completely clear your colon, unless you are on a multi day water fast and have been eliminating during the fast.
Are there health risks with colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is usually very safe. There are more health risks to not cleaning out your bowels that can become overstretched, twisted or distorted due to accumulated old fecal matter. However as with all things there are potential risks that have been connected to colon hydrotherapy. Case reports suggest colon hydrotherapy may cause abdominal cramping,
stomach pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. More-severe complications may include perforating the bowel, serious infections, electrolyte imbalances, kidney problems and heart failure.
Are there people who should not have colon hydrotherapy?
People with these conditions should not have colon hydrotherapy unless under their doctor’s supervision or advice: high blood pressure, pregnancy, kidney disease, cardiac disease, recent abdominal, colon or rectal surgery, rectal bleeding, diarrhoea, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or active Chron's disease. We reserve the right to refuse service if you have any of these conditions or any other red flags during your intake and assessment for your best health. It is also your responsibility to keep us informed of any changes to your health between sessions.
Will colon hydrotherapy help diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is can be caused by pathogenic organisms, and colon hydrotherapy can help flush those out of the colon. Parasites are common in most people and frequently flushed through colonic sessions. We do not recommend colonics during an active bout of diarrhoea, instead seek the advice of your medical practitioner first. It could be a symptom of an underlying health condition or c.diff infection. Probiotics and fecal implants (preformed by physicians) can be a better alternative. Our suggestion is to ensure you are taking in adequate fluids and remineralizing your body with sufficient electrolytes.
Do colonics wash out our intestinal flora and valuable nutrients?
NO, washing out of putrefied material from the large intestine, in a colonic treatment, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment, which has been cleansed of putrefaction and harmful bacteria. Each time you clean out the putrefying garbage and make a better environment for the flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural habitat. Following each session your therapist will provide you with a probiotic (good bacteria) to help assist the body in rebuilding healthy bacteria. It is also recommended that you purchase and take probiotics during the course of your colonic series.
How should I prepare for a colon hydrotherapy session?
Before and after treatments you should increase your water consumption. After treatment, drink plenty of water and avoid meat and dairy for the first day or two. Normal bowel movement usually returns in 1-2 days after treatment. You will keep your shirt on and be covered by a blanket for your session. For full instructions please visit "Your First Session" page for details.
Can I do a colonic as a part of a cleanse of fasting program?
When you do a cleanse you increase the rate at which toxins are released into the bloodstream; colonics are essential for eliminating these toxins. If you don't do a colonic, you may unnecessarily experience increased discomforts of toxaemia. Instead of being expelled from your body, toxins may merely recirculate and settle elsewhere in organs, joints, muscles or tissues. Whether you use colonics or some other elimination aid, you must do something daily. A knowledgeable colon therapist can be of great assistance during any cleansing program. You may find it beneficial to schedule a colonic at the beginning of your fast and ask the therapist to comment upon your plan. It is often best to do one to two colonics a week during your fast or cleanse, always start with one at the beginning of the cleanse. Between colonics you may wish to do enemas to enhance the cleanse effects of your fasting program.
Can I still have a colonic done during my menstrual period?
Yes, in fact it's a great time to receive a treatment, since your body is already cleansing. Your flow will not interfere with the success of the treatment. We simply ask that you not wear a tampon as this can be uncomfortable for you during the session. Colonics during your menstrual cycle can actually easy PMS symptoms and make your period much easier. As toxins are decreased in the body, there is less congestion overall to be released monthly through your period. The Angel of Water allows you to have a mini shower after your session so you will feel refreshed afterwards.
Can I go back to work afterwards?
Yes, you can continue your day as you normally would. You may have one or two more small movements following your session, but you will not be running to the bathroom all day. We simply suggest you take it easy and try to minimize stress. Colonics are a fast and efficient way to cleanse, but you are still cleansing and eliminating toxins. One colonic can be the equivalent of a 3 day fast, based on the amount of water and elimination that occurs. Most people feel renewed energy and clearer mind when you experience the benefits of a cleaner healthier you from the inside out. Post colonic diet and nutrition are also important factors in how you feel after your colonic. If for any reason you feel unwell, dizzy, cramping or uncomfortable in any way we encourage you to seek medical help as soon as possible to support your needs. We cannot diagnose, assess, or treat any conditions as we are not doctors.