Frequently asked questions about Colon Hydrotherapy
Is Colon Hydrotherapy safe and comfortable?
Our standards of hygiene are extremely high. Cleaning and sterilisation of the necessary equipment is done as standard procedure. We use specially designed stainless steel equipment which is thoroughly sterilised after each use so there is no risk of cross-infection. The treatment itself is very clean anyway but we make sure to disinfect the treatment room after each session. The safety and comfort of our clients is our top priority.
The water is introduced at a low gravitational pressure so there is no danger of bowel perforation. The Brunelle method allows for continual control over the water pressure and temperature at all times.
You will fully maintain your personal dignity. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who is completely aware of the sensitivity of a Colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease. After the gentle insertion of a small tube into the rectum, you are completely covered. The mess and odour sometimes present during an enema simply does not exist with a Brunelle Colonic treatment.
What do medical doctors think of Colon Hydrotherapy?
The opinions of modern doctors vary however the use of enemas and colon therapy machines was commonplace in hospitals before laxatives became popular. There is a more detailed discussion of medical opinion in this article:Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals
How long is the tube?
The ‘tube’ is a lot smaller than people imagine! The speculum has a diameter of around half an inch and is only inserted around 3 inches into the rectum. The speculum is inserted and removed very gently and slowly and is specially designed to avoid any pain or discomfort.
What exactly does a treatment involve/how is it done?
Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle treatment during which warm water is introduced into the bowel. As the water is released, it flows out, providing a gentle cleansing effect upon the bowel wall. This gentle flushing of the bowel is repeated over a period of around 40 minutes.
All you have to do is lie comfortably on the bed, and you will feel a warm sensation in the abdomen. As the water enters the bowel, you will begin to feel ‘full’ and as the water is released, you will feel a sensation of release and at the end of the session you will feel cleansed and “lighter” than before your treatment.
People describe this as not just feeling lighter in weight, but in lifting their mood also.
Many do actually lose a little weight during the treatment as many pounds of waste material may have accumulated in the bowel.
Just one colon hydrotherapy session is equivalent to having several regular bowel movements. Further sessions can be even more substantial as older, hardened, impacted faeces are dislodged from the colon walls.
Can I have a Colonic if I am on the pill?
Yes – a colonic treatment does not interfere with the use of the contraceptive pill.
Can I have a Colonic if I have my period?
If you have strong period pains and you don't feel well enough to come then try to avoid making your appointment during your period. If it is not so bad, then it can actually be a very beneficial time for a colonic as it will help the release of toxins and waste. Therefore for most clients, it is best to come even during your period.
Are there any conditions where a colonic is NOT recommended?
We would not recommend having a colonic during pregnancy. As this method of colonic irrigation activates the colon, which in turn will stimulate the organs of the body, it is possible that toxins can be released into the bloodstream and may pass to the womb before they are released through the colon.
However, occasionally there are exceptions. If the expecting mother is very severely constipated it is the better option and it is administered in a different way, to take account of this condition.
It is also not recommended to have colonic treatment for at least 6 months after colonic surgery.
Why not just use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead?
Enema, suppositories and laxatives do have their benefits and uses however they do not provide a substitute for colonic irrigation. Enemas and suppositories are useful for emptying only the rectum (the lowest 8 to 12 inches of the colon) – colonic irrigation helps to clear far deeper into the colon. Laxatives are designed to relieve temporary constipation. However, optimum colon cleansing is achieved most effectively by colonic irrigation.
Won't a colonic get rid of all the beneficial bacteria in my colon?
The flora should not be disturbed anymore than having several normal bowel motions.
It may wash out some good bacteria but at the same time, it washes out lots of bad bacteria enabling the beneficial bacteria left behind to flourish. In a healthy person the good bacteria will reproduce within 2-3 days especially now that the environment is cleaner. In cases of candida or when antibiotics have recently been used a probiotic supplement may be recommended.
My doctor says I shouldn’t have it done!
Ask your doctor why. Take note of all the reasons given by your doctor and then we can answer your questions.
Will a colonic deplete the electrolytes in my colon?
No – A 1990 study published in the Journal of Natural Medicine, entitled “Effects of Colon Hydrotherapy on Serum Electrolytes” reported that no patient experienced any clinically significant symptoms or disturbances.
In 1988 the National College of Naturopathic Medicine did an in-depth study of seventeen patients doing three colonics a week over an extended period of time. Their conclusion: Colonics produce no appreciable change in electrolytes.
What will colonics do to the colon?
A Colonic is used to accomplish the following:
- Cleanse the colon: Toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently, but surely removed in the process of a series of treatments. Once impacted material is removed, your colon in rejuvenated and can begin again to function as it should.
- Exercise theColon: The build up of toxic waste weakens the colon. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristalsis (muscular contraction) - the process by which the colon naturally empties itself.
- Reshape theColon: When there are problems in the colon, they may alter its shape, which in turn causes more problems. The gentle action of the water can help to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed constrictions which will inevitably help the colon to function.
- Stimulate Reflex Points : Every system of the body is linked to the colon by reflex points. The Brunelle method of Colonic Irrigation stimulates these points, helping to rectify problems in that part of the body.
Will a Colonic clear up my skin?
The skin is the largest external organ of elimination. If the functions of the colon, kidneys or liver are impaired, the skin will be overloaded in order to eliminate these extra toxins resulting in various skin conditions. Cleansing and healing the colon reduces the burden placed on the skin as well as the other organs of elimination: lungs, liver and kidneys. The skin can clear up once proper elimination is achieved.
Will I lose weight?
A lot of people do actually lose a little weight during the treatment as many pounds of waste material may have accumulated in the bowel over the years.
Just one colon hydrotherapy session is equivalent to having several regular bowel movements. Subsequent sessions can be even more beneficial when older, hardened, impacted faeces are dislodged from the colon wall.
What additional benefits might I expect from a colonic?
Colonic Irrigation in addition to all the benefits mentioned also:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Removes parasites
- Improves metabolism and aids in the absorption of nutrients
- Relieves pressure on abdominal organs, thus reducing pain and discomfort in this area.
- Improves circulation and digestive problems without the aid of prescribed drugs.
- Tones up the abdomen
- May act as a preventative measure against cancer especially colon cancer.
- Improves mental clarity.
A colonic can be an enlightening and educational experience. You will learn to become aware of your body's functioning by taking note of changes taking place.
Is Colon Therapy painful?
You should not feel any pain during a colonic session. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unusual sensation of feeling lighter, cleaner and clearer. Sometimes during a colonic, the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.
There may be discomfort at times however the therapist is able to release the water pressure at any time to reduce discomfort immediately.
Is there anything I need to do to get ready for a Colonic?
It is a good idea to eat or drink lightly in the 2 hours before a Colonic. Emptying the rectum (with a bowel motion) just before the session can save time, and allow more to be accomplished. Making sure you have emptied your bladder will also make the session more comfortable for you.
Do I need to fast before my colonic?
No - The therapist can assess the condition of your colon more accurately if you come along under what are your normal dietary conditions.
Will there be a therapist in the room with me when I have my colonic?
Yes – I feel it is essential for the therapist to be with you at all times during the treatment to help you feel at ease and also to monitor the results.
Will it be alright to eat after having a colonic?
I suggest that you eat as normal following the session being careful to steer away from foods that you know are irritants to your body. You may just want to eat light foods such as salads and soups. I also recommend avoiding alcohol for 24 hours following your session.
What can I expect afterwards?
As the water enters the bowel, you will begin to feel ‘full’ and as the water is released, you will feel this sensation. At the end of the session you should feel cleaner and ‘lighter’ than before. Everybody is different and the way we feel after a colonic can vary.
Hopefully you will have a greater sense of well-being. As soon as the colonic is finished you can carry on with your normal day. For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there will NOT be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It is possible you may feel light-headed or chilled for a few moments following a colonic. Often, there can also be an emotional release during the treatment which is perfectly normal.
Will I need to keep rushing to a toilet afterwards?
In our experience, this has not happened. As Colonic Hydrotherapy stimulates the colon and encourages defecation, it will happen during the colonic session, not after.
Will I need to rest after my colonic?
Only very occasionally does a client need to rest after a colonic – mostly you can get on with your normal daily routine. A lot of clients successfully fit a colonic into their lunch break.
How many colonics will I need?
This really depends on the condition of your bowel and how it responds to the treatment. It takes a long time to build up the waste in the colon, so of course it will probably take a number of sessions to remove it. For healthy people, 4 to 6 sessions will usually give best results. Clients who take it further will always gain more and consultation with the therapist will help you to decide how many sessions are right for you.
Are colonics habit-forming? Will they make my bowel lazy?
Colonic irrigation is designed to achieve a healthy colon - our aim is not to make anyone dependent upon colonics. A colonic session exercises the colon so it is not so sluggish. When the colon is sluggish and bowel movements do not return for a few days after the first Colonic, it is an indication that more sessions are needed to remove the debris that the bowel has built up over the years. This build up of faecal material has decreased the muscular action in the colon. Sometimes, it may take a few days for bowel movements to return after a treatment. This is when people think they are becoming ‘dependent’ on colonics. After a successful colonic it may take some time for faecal matter to build up again in the colon. Once a series of colonics is completed, the colon will begin to function as it should.
After a series of treatments, once my colon is clean, how often should I have a Colonic?
This can be decided by you and your therapist. Some people may choose to have a colonic 4 times a year after their course, some may need a colonic once a month. We are all unique after all!