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Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy

These standards are meant as general guidelines. Because each person has a unique medical history, they should consult their physician to determine if they are prohibited from undergoing colon hydrotherapy. People with certain medical conditions should NOT undergo colon hydrotherapy unless given approval from and/or by prescription from their physician. These conditions include the following:



  1. Any local inflammation processes, such as bleeding in the GI tract, colorectal carcinoma, active or infected fistulae and fissures, Crohn’s disease or colitis

  2. Structural disorders in the abdominal cavity which may constrict the colon, such as hernias

  3. Any systemic disorders affecting the water balance in the body, such as aneurism, renal insufficiency, uncontrolled hypertension, heart disease and severe anaemia

  4. Due to short-term increase of toxic burden on the liver during colon hydrotherapy; liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis is also contraindicated

Contraindicated Conditions (Not eligible for colon hydrotherapy)

  • Aneurysm

  • Active Inflammatory Bowel Disorders:  Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s and Diverticulitis

  • Autonomic dysreflexia (occurs in spinal injuries at or above T6)

  • Carcinoma of the colon or rectum

  • Cirrhosis of the Liver

  • Congestive heart disease  (e.g. Organic Valve Disease)

  • Fistula

  • GI Haemorrhage/Perforation

  • Hernia (e.g. Inguinal, Hiatus)

  • Hirschsprung’s disease

  • Hepatitis

  • Hypertension – severe or uncontrolled (BP above 170/100)

  • Ileus (paralytic)

  • Inflamed or bleeding haemorrhoids

  • Kidney Dialysis

  • Pregnancy

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Radiotherapy of abdominal area not discharged from medical care

  • Renal failure or insufficiency (Kidney failure)

  • Severe Anaemia - Risk of fainting

  • Severe/chronic persistent diarrhoea

Conditions by Prescription Only

  • Carcinoma (other than colon or rectum)

  • Children under 16 years without a GP’s/medical specialist written referral and a guardian present at all times

  • Epilepsy/Seizures

  • Prostatitis

  • Tumors

  • Sarcoma, melanoma, lymphoma, and leukaemia

  • Surgery: Recent Abdominal e.g. hysterectomy, c-section etc
(less than 26 weeks or 6 months)

  • Radiotherapy (other than abdominal area)

  • Recent bowel biopsy (Less than 12 weeks)

  • Recent prostate biopsy made through the bowel (less than 12 weeks)

  • Recent Laparoscopy (less than 6 weeks)

Relative Contraindications (case by case approval)

The following are industry agreed relative contraindications. The suitability of the treatment remains specific to the individual and must be assessed by a professional Colon Hydrotherapist, prescription not needed.

  • Anal tear and haemorrhoid(s) if Digital Rectal Examination reveals potential intolerance to speculum

  • Chemo-therapy and cancer treatments known to cause inflammation, infections, anaemia and general weakness – Colon Hydrotherapists must work with the medical team

  • Controlled hypertension and a prescription for diuretics

  • Diabetes - Risk of Hypoglycaemia; client advice should be given in preparation for treatment

  • Diverticulosis within 3 months of last episode of diverticulitis

  • Fissure

  • Highly anxious, stressed or emotional

  • Hypotension (BP below 90/60)

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders in remission for a minimum of 6 months

  • Long term Oral or Rectal Steroid - Risk of reduced bowel integrity

  • Natural birth delivery — allowed after 6 week post natal check up if no complications

  • Recent (within 6 months) hip/knee joint surgery will need to establish mobility and if client can lie on their left side.

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