Many people question the side effects of colon hydrotherapy and some of the negative propaganda both on the Internet and in media of course does not help. Some members of the public have the understanding that it is dangerous, that it makes the colon lazy, that it removes good bacteria and some people even say it can cause bowel perforation. Let me explain further.
So what is colon hydrotherapy? Colon Hydrotherapy goes back to its roots some 3000 years ago with the earliest recordings being in Egypt. It is a complimentary medical modality that should only be administered by a trained and qualified therapist. The large intestine is hydrated and cleansed of faecal waste through a process of introducing a gentle flow of temperature and pressure controlled filtered water into the anal and rectal area with the use of a medical grade devise/machine.
Is it safe? Yes, completely safe! Sanitation is vital to this process. All equipment should be medical grade certified. The tubes, robes, pads, and of course the speculums that are used should be fully disposable. In my treatments the water pressure and flow is monitored carefully throughout the treatment so there is no danger of bowel perforation. The water used is pre-filtered a few times. The treatment will not lead to a lazy bowel or become habit-forming, in fact it actually increases muscle tone and stimulates peristaltic action. It is also very important to find a therapist whom is qualified from a reputable institution and in some countries a medical license is required as is the case in Dubai.
Does everyone need a colonic? You actually do not need to be suffering with any negative symptoms in order to have a colonic. The treatment is really just a great way to keep your internal body hydrated more than anything else, which is especially beneficial in the Middle East region.
Is there any contraindication towards having the treatment? Yes, there are quite a number of contraindications and if in doubt a referral letter from a medical specialist is advised. The therapist will also be trained in the latter.
Can the treatment become habit forming? There is this possibility and it is the duty of the therapist to highlight this fact and be very sincere when treating a client. Rule of thumb is no more than 12 treatments per year. If the symptoms are long standing issues, normally about 3 or 4 sessions is enough together with the all-important home maintenance of nutritional and lifestyle change.
What if the treatment does not work? There may also be a deeper cause of a symptom, it may be emotional or it may be as simple as a “locked” pelvic area leading to lack of nerve stimulation to the colon. A well-trained and experienced therapist will be able to determine if there is an underlying cause if symptoms do not change after about three treatments. There is usually a trigger in someone’s life history where the symptoms started and this could be a variety of reasons such as; an emotional trauma, a sporting or car accident, food poisoning, inability to use a public toilet, or it could just be from a bad diet during childhood. Integrating with complementing treatments can really enhance the benefits to colon hydrotherapy such as chiropractic, osteopathy, DORN Therapy, acupuncture, Chi Nei Tsang, reflexology and energy healing such as reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu. I have had phenomenal results with my patients by integrating my treatment with a referring medical or alternative specialist. The key to healing is “less is more” and not to overload the client.
Can you lose good bacteria from a colonic treatment? A disruption of the latter is foreseeable during a colonic, however a properly trained and qualified therapist will be able to advise on the natural supplementation of probiotics in addition to foods that feed the growth of healthy bacteria. A good therapist will be able to determine which strain of bacteria would benefit that particular person according to their case history and the results of the treatment in addition to when the probiotic is taken. A general multi-strain probiotic may not be the answer in specific cases.
Will someone lose weight after a colonic? Yes and No. It is very important not to promote colon hydrotherapy as a weight loss treatment. But it can, however, assist the client during a weight loss program and it can give the impression of weight loss due to the reduction of abdominal bloating after a treatment.
Does it help during a detox program? Yes, absolutely. When detoxing we release a lot of toxins into the body and sometimes we struggle to eliminate them. Colonics help to facilitate this process thereby inhibiting the body’s ability to reabsorb the toxins.
Will the client need to go home after the treatment? No. They can actually carry on their day as normal and go back to work etc.
Can I treat men? Yes, I can treat both male and female clients.
Can I have the treatment during my menstruation? Yes you can, there are no contraindications.
Is it a painful treatment? No, a colonic should not be painful, however it may be slightly uncomfortable in the first treatment if there is a lot of trapped gas needing to be released. If the client suffers from emotional stress, this may also create discomfort such as cramping but again a well-trained therapist will know what to do in such cases.
Selecting a therapist? It is advisable to research whom your therapist will be and if they are properly qualified. All reputable therapists around the world will be members of a recognized and credible association. This will ensure the therapist adheres to the strict policies and protocols in relation to safe practice in colon hydrotherapy in addition to constant attendance of workshops and training courses on an annual basis.
Did you know? The colon is also known as the second brain and can actually function on its own without brain activity. We all know and understand how stubborn the colon can be and with a mind of its own. It really does determine our general moods and this is related to the production of the mood regulating neurotransmitter, serotonin, of which up to 90% is actually produced in the bowel area. If our large intestines are sluggish and not eliminating properly on a daily basis then immediately our moods are affected. At the end of the day a sluggish bowel will lower serotonin production and of course our moods are lowered.
Love thy colon and keep it happy!