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Colon hydrotherapy, also referred to as colonic irrigation, evolved from the ancient use of enemas. Colon cleansing has been used throughout history by the Egyptians, Romans and early African tribes and has been seen as essential to maintaining overall health. The colon hydrotherapy systems used today have been developed since the early 19th century.
Colon hydrotherapy introduces warm, purified water into the large intestine to gently cleanse the colon and help remove waste. The treatment is led by a qualified nurse and colon hydrotherapist who will diligently observe your progress during the session ensure that you remain comfortable during the treatment.
What happens during a colonic?
Your treatment will start with a consultation to discuss your medical history as well as your expectations of the treatment. A speculum is gently inserted into the anus; this allows the water to flow into the colon and the waste products to leave via a tube. This is known as a ‘closed system’ colonic, which means there are no open lines of water and the waste is emptied directly into the sewage system. You can lie comfortably on the treatment couch throughout, the treatment itself takes approximately 45 minutes. Your colon hydrotherapist may use a variety of techniques to help make you more relaxed, such as light massage or warm infrared therapy.
What happens after a colonic?
Immediately after the treatment, you may need to use the toilet. The detox process will have begun and whilst some people may feel immediately energised, it can be perfectly normal to feel more relaxed that normal, perhaps tired and some people can experience a mild headache. Your hydrotherapist will create a plan with you for moving forward such as diet or lifestyle changes and recommend a number of follow up sessions. You will be encouraged to take probiotics to help support the gut flora and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
What is the difference between an enema and colon hydrotherapy?
Whilst both aim to cleanse the colon, an enema can be self-administered at home as it uses a small amount of water. Colon hydrotherapy introduces between 10-30 gallons of water in and out of the colon to achieve a deeper cleanse and therefore must be performed by a qualified colon hydrotherapist.
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