Is Colon Hydrotherapy Painful
The comfort level of a treatment can be relative to the condition of the bowel. The majority of people find that colonic treatments are generally comfortable and pain free. Some find it relaxing. Intermittent mild cramping may occur as the colon contracts to expel wastes and/or gas but at no time should a session be painful. An impacted colon can cause discomfort but once the impaction is removed, sessions are generally pleasant enough.
Is It Embarrasing
No, not at all. We do our upmost to ensure that your dignity and privacy is maintained at all times, and we completely appreciate the sensitivity of a colonic treatment. You will be in a private room with your practitioner, who will help you to feel at ease and talk you through the procedure. After the gentle insertion of the speculum into the rectum, which is over in a few seconds, you are completely covered. Plastic tubing carries waste out through the machine so there is no noise, smell or mess.
What Can Be Seen In a Colonic
Your therapist can identify such things as dehydration, gas, plaque, unchewed or undigested food, candida, parasites, mucous, old faecal matter, maybe even the odd bit of brocolli or bubble gum!
What is the Function of the Colon
The colon is the body’s largest internal organ, measuring around 1.5m long and 5.5cm in diameter. The colon is an inverted U shape. It begins where the small and large intestines meet and consists of the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum and anus.
One of the main functions of the colon is to remove water, electrolytes and some nutrients from waste material that enters it, and recycle those back into the body. This process starts in the first part of the colon, the ascending colon. As fluid is extracted from the waste, more solid matter is formed, resulting in faeces. The longer it is in there, the more fluid is extracted and the harder the stool becomes.
Muscles line the colon walls and squeeze its contents along the colon. Billions of bacteria coat the colon walls and its contents. At any one time there is approximately 1kg of bacteria in the large intestine. Some of this is good bacteria and some of it is bad.
Bacteria feed on insoluble fiber and starches that are not able to be digested in the small intestine. They break it down to produce enzymes and nutrients that will nourish the cells that line the colon wall. Vitamin K and some B group vitamins are manufactured by bacteria in the colon. Good gut bacteria support and protect the immune system against pathogens or bad bacteria.
There are numerous byproducts of bacterial action in the bowel and some of these substances are very toxic to the body, hence the need for efficient evacuation.
But Will I Lose Good Bacteria
This is a question that is widely debated by people who wonder if removing bacteria from the bowel is safe. The bowel generally has up to 1kg of bacteria residing in it. The majority is ‘supposed’ to be good bacteria. The average colon however, is more often overrun with destructive or bad bacteria. Good bacteria struggle to thrive when too much bad bacteria is present.
Colonics benefits the colon by flushing out putrefied material that bad bacteria flourish in, creating a cleaner and more suitable environment for good intestinal bacteria to flourish and thrive. Probiotics and a good diet are recommended to assist with the rebuild of good intestinal flora, creating a better inner balance and strengthened immune system.
What Do I Need to do to Prepare for a Colon Hydrotherapy Session
Try to be as hydrated as you can leading up to your appointment by drinking 2 to 3 litres of water the day prior, and ensure an adequate intake on the day of your colonic. For your own comfort, it is best to refrain from eating for at least 2 hours before your appointment. Your therapist will explain to you the best after care advice in terms of fueling your body in between and/or after treatments but generally it is best to drink plenty of fluids and eat simple, easily digested foods for 24 hours after. Steamed vegetables, soups and fruits are best and try to avoid heavily processed foods, alcohol, red meat, rich and spicy foods.
What About Enemas, Suppositories and Laxatives
To evacuate the lower part of the colon, enemas will do the job – but you are missing out on about a meter of the colon and you are certainly not cleansing the colon. You are merely getting rid of what is stored closest to the anus.
Suppositories and laxatives contain chemicals to stimulate and create bowel movement but in a way that causes dehydration of the bowel. As the bowel is stimulated to contract, water is not absorbed by the colon walls as it usually would be and so the waste rushes through in the same thin and runny state it enters the colon. Impacted waste remains adhered to the bowel walls. C
olon Hydrotherapy hydrates the bowel as it flushes out wastes with pure water. No chemicals are used at all. Impacted wastes and toxins are soaked, softened and flushed with colonics but certainly not with laxatives.
Are there Circumstances Where Colon Hydrotherapy is Not Recommended
Yes there are. Most people can have colonics but in certain situations, colonic treatments are contraindicated and not advisable, or may require approval from your medical practitioner.
These include but may not be limited to: recent colorectal or abdominal surgery, carcinoma of the colon or rectum, active fistulas and fissures, abdominal or inguinal hernia, severe haemorrhoids, significant rectal bleeding, severe cardiac disease, GI haemorrhage or perforation, cirrhosis of the liver, uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, serious kidney problems, acute bowel inflammation or bowel infection.
Professionally administered Colon Hydrotherapy is otherwise very safe and your practitioner will take a history of your prior health to screen you for contraindications prior to your session.
How Might I Expect To Feel After A Colonic
Most likely, you'll feel great. Many people remark on how light and clean they feel, with an increased sense of well-being and mental clarity. Often, someone having their first colonic will remark that it was one of the best things they have experienced!
For some, a colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements over the next few hours, but there won't be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. For others, it may take a few days for a motion to occur. This is usually a good indicator that the colon is sluggish and subsequent colonic sessions are recommended to exercise and work toward reconditioning the colon.
Cleansing the colon can lead to a refreshed outlook on life. People often feel like it is a fresh start for them health wise – out with the old and in with the new!
Can Colonics Help with Constipation
It’s one of those topics not many people like to talk about, but not us!
If you've ever suffered from this problem, you know it can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and even painful. And on top of that, is often the underlying cause for other associated health problems such as headaches, tiredness, irritability or rashes – just to name a few!
Though not always long lasting and serious, constipation can be a big concern. Especially when it persists and goes untreated.
What Is Constipation?
Constipation is usually thought of when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from person to person. Some people have healthy bowel movements three times a day; others, far less frequently - and far less healthy! Going longer than two days without a bowel movement is too long. Stools become harder and more difficult to pass.
A state of constipation can even exist when bowel movements seem to be ‘normal’ yet there can be a build-up of faeces along the passageways of the colon. It is not unusual for people to have two to five kilos of compacted faeces, mucous, undigested and fermenting matter sitting in their colon! Imagine that! That’s right, it’s not pleasant.
Common causes of constipation include:
Inadequate water intake
Inadequate fibre in the diet
A disruption of regular diet or routine, such as traveling
Inadequate activity, exercise or immobility
Overuse of laxatives which, over time, weaken the bowel muscles
Too many caffeinated drinks
Medicines (especially strong pain medicines, such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Ask yourself these questions….
Do you have to strain to go to the toilet?
Are your stools hard and uncomfortable to push out?
Do you feel like you never quite ‘finish’ a poo?
Do you use your bowels less than 4 or 5 times a week?
If you answered yes, then we can help you with colonics!
How Can Colonics help?
Colonics assists to soften stools and make them easier to pass. Colonics hydrates the colon and helps to speed up the transit time of waste. It cleans out old and impacted faecal matter. Colonics exercises the muscles of the colon wall. It’s like taking your colon to the gym! Above all, colonics can get your bowel moving more efficiently and have YOU feeling GREAT!
Is One Treatment Enough
No, not likely. It takes years to build up stubborn residual matter on the walls of the colon and so one session to remove it is simply not sufficient. Your first colonic will hydrate the walls of the colon and soften and release some of the putrefied matter residing in the bowel. It will certainly get the ball rolling. Second and subsequent colonics will continue the process, softening and releasing more and more each time.
A series of treatments, depending on your health goals, will be recommended to make a significant and noticeable impact on your colon’s health.
Can Colonics Help If I Have Thrush
Colon Hydrotherapy is a great way to reduce & clear candida overgrowth from the colon. Having colonics will cleanse impacted and putrefied wastes from the walls of the colon where bad bacteria thrive. It will wash out pockets of candida overgrowth faster than the body can naturally eliminate it. It will speed up the transit time of waste through the colon and create an environment where good gut flora can thrive.
When on an anti-candida diet, the body starts killing off the excess candida. When this happens the yeast releases toxins in the body in defense. These toxins are eliminated through the bowels, however, normal body processes often do not eliminate all of the toxins and yeast quickly enough. The toxins can eventually enter the blood stream and potentially invade healthy cells and organs. Colon cleansing, particularly colonic irrigation, can expedite the process of eliminating these harmful toxins and allow one's body to recover more effectively from candida overgrowth than when on the diet alone.
Colonic irrigation is a giant step in the right direction if you have thrush. Its effectiveness is greatly increased when combined with changes in your diet, lifestyle and supplements.