How can colon hydrotherapy nourish your soul?
The health of the gut is inextricably linked to the overall health of the body. As such, disturbances in the gut can increase the propensity for disease and ill-health.
Colon hydrotherapy is also known as colon irrigation, colon cleansing, colonics or colonic lavage. This type of therapy uses filtered, temperature-regulated warm water to cleanse the entire colon and remove the built up waste from the body.
Various colon cleansing practices have been used since ancient times. Developed on the premise that accumulated waste breaks down and becomes toxic, irrigating the colon aims to restore the natural, healthy function of the colon.
Colon hydrotherapy differs from an enema, which involves evacuating just the lower colon with one infusion of water and may be performed at home. By contrast, colon hydrotherapy uses specialised equipment to cleanse a larger portion of the bowel multiple times and must be administered by a certified colon hydrotherapist.
Colon hydrotherapy does not come without risks. It is crucial to choose an experienced certified colon hydrotherapist who is affiliated with a professional organisation, such as the Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists, Australasian Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH), or the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. These organisations provide certifications and are committed to upholding best practices and maintaining high safety standards.
Benefits of colon hydrotherapy
Although there is a need for more research, it is suggested that colon hydrotherapy may assist the body’s natural detoxification processes, as well as improve symptoms that arise from poor bowel function.
One study has reported improvements in gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea, after colonic irrigation in patients.
In a prospective study it has also been demonstrated that colonic irrigation may be effective in managing symptoms of chronic constipation and faecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements) in patients with functional bowel disorders.
Colon hydrotherapy may assist in relieving symptoms related to:
- Detoxing and cleansing
- Digestive and gastrointestinal issues
- Energy and vitality
- IBS and bowel disorders
What to expect from a colon hydrotherapy session
A typical session of colon hydrotherapy will last between 45 to 60 minutes. Your colon hydrotherapist will provide you with the necessary instructions to follow during each step of your treatment.
You will likely lie on your back on a table, and the colon hydrotherapist will use a special device to fill the colon with purified, warm water. This will cause the lining of the colon to expel waste through a tube into a machine. The therapist may massage your abdomen to help loosen the muscles. This will be repeated multiple times.
Preparation for your colon hydrotherapy session is recommended. You should refrain from eating at least two hours before your treatment and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Your colon hydrotherapist may also provide you with dietary suggestions to follow after your treatment.
Keep in mind that it is always advisable to consult a qualified health professional before commencing any wellness journey. If you have an injury or an underlying health issue, speak to your colonic hydrotherapist. This therapy is contraindicated for anyone with inflammatory conditions (such as diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or haemorrhoids), chronic illness or those who may be immunocompromised.