Colonic hydrotherapy or irrigation is a gentle internal bath using warm, purified water that can help or eliminate stored faecal matter, gas, mucus and toxic substances from the colon. A practice dating from around 1500BC, colonics can also help retone and reshape the colon. However, colonics have a much broader effect than simply cleansing the colon. Many people are referred to colonic practitioners by other alternative therapists including homeopaths, acupuncturists, herbalist, etc., since by detoxifiying the system using colonics, these therapies tend to be more efficacious.
What is it good for?
Cleansing of the colon can be good for bettering the immediate functioning of the colon and by addressing colon toxicity, many other commonly reported health problems such as skin problems, difficult weight loss, hypertension, headaches, chronic fatigue, haemorrhoids, menstrual problems and hypoglycaemia can also be assisted.
What happens in a consultation?
Your visit to the colon therapist will involve the taking of your case history followed by an explanation of the procedure. The colonic itself will take 30-45 minutes during which time water will be gently introduce into the colon via the rectum whilst your therapist uses special massage techniques to stimulate release of stored matter. Your modesty is preserved at all times. Herbal implants may be used and your practitioner will also be able to advise you on diet and certain cleansing and naturopathic techniques to further enhance your treatment. The number of treatments needed depends upon the individual case and an indication will be given at the first consultation. Treatment may vary from only one to a number spread out over a period of time after which preventative or maintenance treatment may be recommended.
Preparation and Requirements
No fasting or special measures are necessary prior to a first treatment but colon cleansing programmes may be advised between sessions.