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What is a Colonic

Colon irrigation (colon hydrotherapy, colonic) is a method of removing waste from the large intestine, without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis. Today, sophisticated technology promotes both the safety and sanitation of this popular cleansing practice.

One of the earliest proponents of colonic and autointoxication theory was the founder of the Kellogg cereal company - John Harvey Kellogg, MD, who promoted colonics among the physicians. With the development of the pharmaceutical industry, the popularity of the laxatives grew and colonics became less popular. Today, colonic is becoming popular again. Many people try to avoid use of drugs and chemicals and seek for this natural therapy for detox, cleansing and improving of their health and wellbeing.

Indications for colon irrigation
Constipation, diarrhea, atonic colon (flaccid colon), abdominal distension/ flatulence, barium enema (as a preparation method and following a barium enema), bowel training (paraplegics & quadriplegics), following pregnancy, hemorrhoids (mild to moderate), IBS, intestinal toxemia, preparation for sigmoidoscopy & colonoscopy, spastic colon.

Colon irrigation benefits
Strengthens peristaltic (natural muscular contraction) activity in the colon; promotes a return of normal, regular bowel movements; colon returns to its natural shape and function ability; hydrates the body; reduces the toxic load on lungs, liver, kidney and skin; improves skin tone; increases energy level, improves sleep and more.

Health professionals are divided over the use of colon irrigation. Some conventional health practitioners do not feel colonic can improve overall health. They believe colonics should be only used for certain medical conditions and procedures, such as constipation and colonoscopy.

The proponents of colon irrigation believe the fecal matter can accumulate and harden in the colon. They believe this buildup of fecal mater may prevent absorption of water and nutrients, lead to constipation, allow harmful colon bacteria and yeast to grow, cause stagnant toxins to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon wall (autointoxication). Lack of fiber, excess sugar and diet high on red meat are believed to contribute to the problem.

What is a colon irrigation session like
A session is a comfortable experience for most people, however, if discomfort is experienced, the session can be stopped at any time. Your medical history will be discussed prior to the session. During treatment the client lies on a treatment table and is covered with a towel or sheet. A small disposable speculum from the irrigation equipment is lubricated and gently inserted into the rectum, through which warm filtered water passes into the colon.

A colon therapist will use several fills (a small amount of water flows into the colon, gently stimulating the colon's natural peristaltic action to release softened waste) and releases (the dislodged fecal impactions are gently washed away through the system waste hose) of water, as well as abdominal massage technique, reflexology and breathing instructions to dislodge toxic waste matter adhering to the walls of the colon.

In our treatments we use only clean filtered water and do not add coffee, herbs, minerals etc.

Each colon irrigation session last approximately 45 minutes. One should allow at least 1 hour per office visit.

Caution & Recommendations
Colon irrigation may not be for everyone. It is an intervention in the body's functions which should be done cautiously and when medically necessary.

People with certain conditions, such as diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe hemorrhoids and intestinal tumors should not have colonic. People with congestive heart disease, severe hypertension, severe anemia, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease and severe abdominal hernia also should not have colonic. Pregnant women should not have colonic treatment as it may stimulate uterine contractions. Links on the left hand side provide further information.

Side effects of colon irrigation may include nausea and fatigue after the session, which can last for several hours.

Please consult your physician prior to the session.

After colonic treatment, patients may take probiotics (supplements containing friendly colon bacteria). Ask your physician for details.

It is important to make sure that your colon therapist is properly trained, certified and familiar with infection control, anatomy, physiology, pathology and medical errors.

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