What happens during a colonic appointment?
The colonic procedure involves self-inserting a small tube (thinner than a pencil) into your rectum. Warm, filtered, sterilised water is then slowly fed through this tube into your large colon. This process softens the old muck caught in the pockets of your bowel, allowing it to be passed easily.
A colonic appointment lasts approximately one hour and you can carry on with your day as normal after a session. In fact, it will probably be a great day!
Do I need to fast before a colonic appointment?
Not at all, however light meals and plenty of water before and after are recommended. If possible, refrain from eating 2 hours prior to your appointment. Sessions are most productive when you are well hydrated.
Is colonic hydrotherapy embarrassing?
No mess, no fuss, no odour – the colonic process is, in fact, a very relaxing experience. After you gently insert the pencil-thin tube one-and-a-half inches into your bottom (you do this yourself), you are completely covered with a sheet for the procedure. A sophisticated exhaust system removes all odour and the released excrement passes through a clear viewing tube.
Is the procedure painful?
Rarely. Sometimes the muscles of the colon contract suddenly, expelling considerable liquid and waste into the rectum. The contraction and resulting pressure may feel like cramping or gas. Overall, though, the process is mild and gentle, leaving you with a wonderfully light and empty feeling afterward.
Will one session completely empty the colon?
Unlikely. Many of us may have up to five kilos – sometimes more – of impacted, hardened faeces in our colon. Substantial work must be done to remove it. One cleansing removes some; the second more. Your personal objectives will determine how many colonic sessions are right for you. To begin with, it is generally recommended to have 4 sessions within a 7 - 14 day period to maximise results in cleaning the length of the colon and getting that great reset.
Does colon hydrotherapy wash away all bacteria, even the good?
If your bowel is toxic you will have little or no good intestinal flora to begin with. As with gardening, if you don’t prepare and fertilise the soil, plants will not live. The helpful bacteria can only live in an acidic environment; the harmful ones thrive in an alkaline environment.
Most people, due to years of improper eating, lack of exercise and poor elimination, have an alkaline colon. The great benefit of the cleansing program is changing the environment from alkaline to acid.
If we make conditions favourable in the colon for bifidophilus and acidophilus cultures – the good bacteria – they will populate. Removing toxic material and gases is the first step; replenishing good bacteria can then be accomplished using oral supplementation.
Wouldn't laxatives or an enema accomplish the same results?
Using an enema misses most of the colon. During a colonic, the water washes all the way through the colon or bowel to the ileocecal valve (where the small and large intestines meet).
Laxatives are an irritant, causing the body to produce a thin, watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste on the walls of the colon, at the same time depleting the colon of good bacteria. Laxatives can also become very habit forming.
Is the procedure safe and sanitary?
The development of high-tech, disposable apparatus means that new equipment is used every session. There is total hygienic safety, superior even to sterilisation. We pride ourselves on being the cleanest clinic on the island. We challenge anyone to prove otherwise!
What other benefits can I expect from colon hydrotherapy?
Colonic hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but a valuable procedure used to assist the body in coping with a wide variety of colon-related conditions. By toning the bowel wall and improving colon function, the entire body is able to function more efficiently.
Common effects are sinus drainage, a loosening of mucous in the lungs, an improved range of motion, skin tightening, feeling younger, clearing of acne and skin conditions, improved posture, abdomen softening and shrinking, relief from headaches, less fatigue, body weight correction, relief from bloating and improved bowel function.
Colonic hydrotherapy works to soothe and tone the colon, helping it to eliminate more efficiently. The function as a whole reduces the burden on other organs and the lymphatic system.
The main benefit received from releasing the old toxic waste is that we remove the number one source of disease in the body. The bowel then works more efficiently in eliminating the waste, and nutrient absorption is improved.
Can one become dependant on it? Can the colon stop functioning on its own?
Colonic hydrotherapy trains the muscles of the bowel, giving them strength. The bowel muscles are forced to work against the water, providing resistance much like a barbell provides resistance against a muscle during exercise. Colonics are like “colon aerobics”, so after the bowel has regained its strength, it works better on its own.
Does colon hydrotherapy wash away all bacteria, even the good?
If your bowel is toxic you have little or no good intestinal flora to begin with. As in gardening, if you do not prepare the soil and fertilise the ground, plants will not live. The helpful bacteria can only live in an acidic environment, whereas the harmful ones thrive in an alkaline environment. Most people, due to years of improper eating, lack of exercise and poor elimination, have an alkaline colon. The great benefit of the cleansing program is to change the environment from alkaline to acid. If we make conditions favourable in the colon for bifidophilus and acidophilus cultures – the good bacteria – they will populate. Removing toxic material and gases is the first step. Replenishing good bacteria can be accomplished by oral supplementation.
What should I eat following my appointment?
It’s best to eat lightly after your session. Focus on easy to digest, nourishing foods (such as soups, fruits and lightly steamed vegetables). Try to avoid foods that are difficult to digest, highly processed or spicy. Your therapist will email you an aftercare sheet with all the necessary aftercare information.
What if I have my period?
It is perfectly safe and beneficial to have a colonic during your period. Colonic hydrotherapy can relieve congestion in the pelvis and assist in clearing hormones from the body. Please remove your tampon before your treatment.