Frequently Asked Questions

What is colonic hydrotherapy?

Also known as a "colonic", "colon lavage", colonic irrigation".  Colonic  hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated, gentle colon flushing, with pure filtered water.

What is a colon?

The colon, large intestine, or bowl (same thing - it just has 3 names) is the end portion of the human digestive tract (passageway extending from the mouth to the anus). The colon in most is approximately 5 feet long and has a diameter of 2 1/2 . The Colons major functions are to eliminate waste and to absord water. Also, there are bacteria living in the colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamins "K" and portions of the vitamin "B" complex.

What is the purpose of having a colonic?

The purpose of colonic hydrotherapy is to hydrate the colon.  Waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time, poses several problems (i.e. impacted faeces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.).

Firstly, this material is toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter the blood stream and circulate, making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted materials impair the colon's ability to assimilate minerals and bacterial produced vitamins. And last but not least, a build-up of waste on the bowel wall can inhibit muscular action (peristalsis) causing the bowel to be sluggish,  constipation varying from mild to chronic.

Are colonics dangerous in any way?

As long as the therapist is fully qualified, experienced, registered and insured there is nothing to worry about.

How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?

Common signs of a toxicity include: headaches, backache, constipation, bloating, excess gas, fatigue, bad breath, low mood, body odour, irritability, mood swings, confusion, skin problems, diarrhoea, sciatic pain and more. 

Is intestinal toxicity common ?

Yes it is, however, Colonics effectively eliminate large quantities of toxic waste, affecting the condition of the entire body as toxicity is not limited to just the colon. Toxic material is found throughout the body, particularly in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, liver, etc

What will colonics do to the colon?

Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is broken down thus allowing assimilation and elimination.  Once impacted waste is removed, your colon is rejuvenated.

It Strengthens the Colon Muscles: The build up of toxic debris impairs the colon its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying through the colonic treatment improves the colons muscular contraction (peristalsis), which is how the colon naturally removes faeces (poo) It Can reshape the Colon:  problematic conditions tend to alter its shape which in turn creates problems. The colonic helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed constrictions (spastic colon), enabling the colon to resume its natural state. 

It Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. colonics will stimulate these points, hence benefiting the corresponding body parts. 

What about home enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead?

Home Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the lowest 8 to 12 inches of the colon). Suppositories are used to accomplish the same task. Laxatives although very harsh on the colon, temporary undo the effects of constipation.  The  most effective way to achieve colon cleansing and build muscle tone in the colon without question, is colonic hydrotherapy

How do I know if my colon is a healthy, well functioning colon?

Daily, quality bowl movements (3 movements a day is optimum) The faeces will be 3-4 inches long, large in diameter, light brown in colour, without offensive odour and ideally float, or sink slowly. The faeces should flush away easy too.

Is a colonic painful?

No. Most actually enjoy the treatment and are usually surprisingly happy with the revitalising sensation of feeling lighter, cleaner and rejuvenated. 

Is it embarrassing to have a colonic?

No, you will maintain your personal dignity at all times.  In the private treatment  room there is only you and the colonic hydrotherapist present.  The therapist appreciates the sensitivity and privacy of the colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease. Your modesty is preserved at all times and you are completely covered. The system used is a closed unit therefore no embarrassing odours. 

How can I tell if I would benefit from a colonic? 

If your colon does not  show signs functioning properly, then one or more sessions with a knowledgeable colonic  hydrotherapist may bring you great sense of wellbeing and relief.

What benefits might i expect from a colonic?

There are several. Working with a skilled therapist a colonic hydrotherapy session can be a truly enlightening, educational process, enhancing your awareness of your body.   You will learn so much about yourself through  your elimination's.  The solar plexus, the emotional centre of the body, which the transverse colon (the bit that looks like a droopy washing line) passes right through often results in physical tension being stored If an emotional event is left uncompleted, thus, affecting all organs of the area, including the colon. This (stress) tightening of the colon muscle results in impaired faecal material movement through the colon, better known as constipation. A better quality of life can therefore be achieved if your colon functions properly?

Will a colonic clear up my skin?

Your skin actually "breathes" and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. If the colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will  usually react.   Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as the other eliminating organs:  lungs, liver and kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up, hence being recommended for acne.

I suffer from chronic constipation,  will colonics help? 

Many constipation sufferers find the relief provided by regular colonics life changing

What effect does colonic hydrotherapy have on our immune systems?

Recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines, which is much higher than previously thought.  This makes it logical to believe that this type of therapy could influence such immune deficiency diseases such as M.E and cancers.  Colonic Hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but an important adjunctive therapy in the overall health care of the client.

Is there anything I need to do to before a colonic?

Not particularly, although  It is best not to eat or drink 2hours before your treatment

How long does a colonic take?

The full appointment is usually 1hr 15 mins.  The treatment itself is usually 30-45minutes in duration depending in the clients needs and state of the colon.

Is there a special kind of water used for colonic hydrotherapy?

Filtered water is used for every client - Tap water is never used it contains numerous chemicals and inorganic substances.

Will one colonic completely empty the colon?

Reputable colonic hydrotherapists will tell you, one colonic will remove some of the stagnant waste in the colon, but the purpose is to hydrate the colon not just simply 'wash and go'. The second and subsequent colonics will hydrate you further allowing your colon to function well.

Anyone who really knows their stuff will advise A course of 3 colonics. 1 per day for  3 consecutive days will usually empty the colon (exemptions do exist)  If your therapist can perform advanced massage techniques, then a better quality colonic would be expected

Will it be okay to eat after having a colonic?

Most colonic hydrotherapists would advise light meals consisting of  Salads, vegetable soups or broths, fruit, or juices .

What can I expect afterwards?

A hydrated colon.  A sense of well-being and the ability to carry on with your normal daily routine. For some, especially in the case of chronic constipation tiredness can be expected.  Normal elimination will resume usually within 24-48hours.  if it is longer than this then it's an indication that you will require further treatments to strengthen the colon. 

If there are any specific questions you have which have not been covered please email us and one of our team will respond