What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colonic Hydrotherapy is an internal bath to help cleanse the colon (large intestine) of poisons, gas, accumulated fecal matter and the mucus deposits. Sterilised equipment is used to flush filtered water through the colon to help expel waste products and compacted deposits.. It was used in UK hospitals until relatively recently when the cost became uneconomical in face of strong purgatives used before bowel procedures.
Colonic Enema Hydrotherapy
An Enema is designed to assist colonic hydrotherapy, it is a mixture of many different healing and rejuvenating herbs that are introduced to the treatment. The benefits are vast and include a faster cleansing and detoxification process, assisting in clearing blockages, IBS, bloating and many other digestive problems. The qualified therapist (member of ARCH – Associated Registered Colon Hydrotherapists) will introduce an enema to improve the colons overall function according to the clients requirements. There are a choice of herbs that can be added to the colonic to promote and speed up the benefits of an initial treatment. This combined treatment is ideal for first timers wanting to maximise benefits from a single session.
What is the Colon and What Does It Do?
The functions of the colon is to re-absorb digestive juices, water-soluble salts and bile back into the bloodstream and then to the liver, to store and dessicate food and other bodily wastes prior to elimination, and to house a vast array of beneficial bacteria,. The latter helps our immunity from infection, keep high blood cholesterol levels in check, produce a number of vitamins, and probably also acts in prevention of colon cancer.
The colon is the last five feet or so of intestinal tube, approximately five feet in length. Food waste enters into the colon from the small intestines in a fluid state and water, minerals and vitamins are then reabsorbed and toxins and other waste materials eliminated through the rectum, therefore if the colon is not functioning correctly, many disorders can result, including constipation, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, colitis and even bowel cancer. In 1912, the Royal Society of Medicine published a report stating that toxicity in the intestines can be a contributing cause to sleep disorders, mental and physical depression, skin problems, breast cancer, bladder infections, headaches, as well as digestive disorders. The report concluded by saying: “To no other single cause is it possible to attribute one tenth as many various and widely diverse disorders.”
What Happens During a Colon Hydrotherapy Session?
A Colon Hydrotherapy treatment will typically last an hour and 15 minutes for the first lesson and one hour there after.
The session will begin with the therapist taking the clients case history followed by a thorough explanation of the procedure. The client then changes into a gown.
During the treatment itself, the client relaxes on a treatment couch in complete comfort. From the hydrotherapy equipment, a small disposable speculum is gently inserted into the rectum, through which warm filtered water passes into the colon. The speculum has separate water and waste line that is attached to the hydrotherapy equipment
The warm purified water is run very slowly into the colon, when slight pressure builds up in the colon, the water is gently released along with waste matter from the colon. The Colon Hydrotherapy equipment used at Clarity Colonics fills at a very low constantly monitored pressure. The process of filling and releasing is typically repeated 3 to 5 times during the treatment. Whilst the client is evacuating the therapist will use light massage on the abdominal area to increase peristalsis (the muscular action of the colon to move waste through). This in turn will loosen faecal impaction, dislodge toxic waste matter adhering to the walls of the colon and will assist in moving gas through.
Just one colon hydrotherapy session may be equivalent to having 20 or 30 regular bowel movements. Eliminations during subsequent therapy sessions can be even more substantial as older, hardened, impacted faeces are dislodged from the colon walls.
The Colon Hydrotherapist will carefully evaluate the client’s progress during their session to determine if additional sessions would be beneficial. After a therapy session, many people report a feeling of heightened energy, an increased sense of well being and renewed vitality.
After the Treatment
Replace intestinal flora with acidophilus or other suitable probiotics. Drink plenty of liquids in the form of pure water, juices, herbal teas, electrolyte liquids. Eat soups, preferably vegetable for the 24 hours following the colonic. Pureed soups are also recommended. Avoid eating raw vegetables for 3 days. Cooked vegetables and raw fruit are sufficient, chew well. Reduce heavy meat consumption for 3 days.