1. What is the colon?
The colon, also known as the large intestine or bowel, is the last 5 to 6 feet of the digestive tract. It is a hollow, tube-like organ made up of muscle structure. Through peristaltic or wavelike motion, it moves digested food along the colon tract. The colon is the living quarters and hosts of a variety of bacteria that produce vitamins such as K and some of the B vitamins. Also, the colon absorbs water, some nutrients, proteins, and cell salts back into the blood stream.
2. What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient form of cleansing the colon with water. It is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine (colon) without the use of drugs or laxatives. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, waste is softened and loosened resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis (muscle contraction). This process is repeated many times during a therapy session. Today’s sophisticated technology promotes both the safety and sanitation of this popular cleansing practice.
3. Why should I be concerned about my colon?
The colon’s main function is the elimination of body waste. We experience health and well-being when the colon is clean and normal. When the colon is sluggish, body wastes accumulate and constipation results. When the colon becomes constipated, generally it is packed or lined with accumulated, hardened feces lodged in the pockets of the colon walls. This hardened matter then obstructs the muscular contractions known as peristalsis, and more feces build up along the walls resulting in the colon’s inability to properly evacuate. The waste of many months or years can actually result in 5, 10, and sometimes more than 15 pounds of weight, causing a distended and abnormally shaped colon. The clogged colon then interferes with the final absorption and digestion of food depriving the body of necessary nutrients.
This results in fermentation and putrefaction of undigested food which creates poisons. These poisons are reabsorbed into the bloodstream and are carried to every part of the body causing that tired and listless feeling; the brain and nervous system can become depressed and irritable; the lungs can create skin problems and sallow complexion; and joints can become stiff and painful due to toxic deposits.
4. How do I know if I need a colon hydrotherapy session?
If you are suffering from constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel, low back pain, allergies, candida overgrowth, abnormal body odor, fetid breath, coated tongue, pot belly (sagging posture), fatigue, indigestion, lack of memory, low concentration, asthma, headaches, cravings or emotional irritability colon hydrotherapy may be valuable for you.
The effects of cleaning out the colon of accumulated waste material allows the body to function more efficiently with little of no symptoms of disease. When the colon is compacted, toxins are recycled back into the bloodstream causing toxemia or disease The body gives us signs that all is not well by these “uncomfortable” symptoms! The body tells us it is toxic.
5. What causes toxicity in the body?
Proper digestive and eliminative functions entails having 2 to 3 good bowel movements per day. Most people are not aware of this and go through their daily lives eliminating once a day, once every other day, or less. When we are not eliminating properly, wastes may not be expelled for days, weeks, months, or years.
When we don’t eliminate our wastes, toxins back up in the colon, which can cause autointoxication or self-poisoning. This occurs when the bowel walls become encrusted with uneliminated fecal matter. This toxic material hampers the absorption of vital nutrients through the intestinal wall and provides a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria and parasites. It also causes the blood capillaries lining the intestinal wall to begin absorbing these toxins into the bloodstream consequently polluting all of our organs. This autointoxication lowers our overall feeling of health and vitality.
6. How can I cleanse my colon?
One of the safest ways is a combination of diet, exercise, and colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of filtered, temperature-controlled water into the colon by way of a sterile, disposable rectal tube or speculum. Water in—fecal matter flushed out!
7. What will colon hydrotherapy do for my colon?
Colon therapy is not a cure, but it is a valuable procedure and treatment for a variety of different colon conditions. A toxic bowel is the source of many health problems. Colon hydrotherapy rejuvenates every cell of the body. A colonic session cleanses and hydrates the colon, exercises the colon muscles, reshapes the colon, and stimulates reflex points. In addition, it helps to release toxins, cleanse the blood, empower the immune system, and restore the pH balance in the body, as well as rehydrate the whole body.
8. What type of system (equipment) is used to administer the colon hydrotherapy?
9. What are the procedures during the colon hydrotherapy session?
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10. Is the procedure painful?
Rarely. Sometimes during the procedure, the muscles of the colon contract suddenly, expelling considerable liquid and waste into the rectum. The contraction may feel like cramping or gas with pressure in the rectum. Most of the process is mild and gentle with a wonderfully light and empty feeling afterwards.
11. Can I be constipated even if I have 1, 2, or 3 bowel movements a day?
Yes. The colon is much like a water pipe that is partly obstructed by mineral deposits and corrosion. An opening allows some water to flow through, but that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Eventually the opening becomes narrower and narrower as the waste builds to the point where it closes. That is when you have impaction.
12. How many colonic sessions does one need?
Many of us have 10 or more pounds of impacted feces in our colon. Often the waste is so hard and well-lodged in the colon that it may take a series of colonics to sufficiently soften and loosen it. The number of treatments will always vary with the individual and his/her condition. It is recommended that a series of 6 to 12 sessions be given; although, it will vary from person to person. The number is affected by how a person responds to the first few sessions. Age, previous dietary and exercise patterns, activities, and emotional state are all factors. Someone coming in for a regular preventive maintenance would obviously need far fewer sessions than someone with severe gastrointestinal problems.
If a person cultivates healthy eating habits, as well as a positive mental-emotional attitude, it is possible to go through a series and probably never need treatment again, except for perhaps twice a year for a maintenance session (such as after an indulgent holiday season).
13. Are colonics habit-forming? Could the colon stop functioning on its own?
No, not when they’re used temporarily in conjunction with a cleansing program. The purpose of cleansing the bowel is to allow it to relax and rejuvenate and to promote better peristalsis. The bowel cannot heal when it is constantly working to get rid of accumulated wastes, gases, and poisons.
14. Won't colonics damage the normal intestinal flora?
One of the functions of the first half of the colon is to gather the intestinal flora needed for the colon. When the accumulation of feces in the bowel leads to fecal encrustation, it is impossible for the colon to function normally, and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora. The resulting lack of lubrication intensifies a state of constipation and generates toxemia. When the acid-alkaline balance becomes abnormal and the bowel is impacted, the growth of friendly bacterial is stunted. Cleansing the colon will help bring the acid-alkaline ratio back into balance. In this environment, the friendly bacteria will again thrive and disease-causing bacteria will find it difficult to develop. It is helpful to reintroduce the flora to assist the body in this process. Colonics also stimulate the liver, kidneys, and lymph systems to dump toxins.
15. What is a healthy, well-functioning bowel?
When one feels the urge to eliminate and immediately honors the urge by a trip to the toilet, elimination is quick and painless and feels complete. Stools are medium to light brown, have very little odor, and will break up in water.
16. Should I have colon hydrotherapy while I am doing a cleanse of some kind?
Absolutely! While cleansing any organs or going on a fast, it is absolutely vital to aid your body in eliminating waste. Colon hydrotherapy serves to do this very efficiently.
17. What if I have hemorrhoids?
Most people have hemorrhoids due to straining, lifting heavy weights, childbirth, etc. If the hemorrhoids are fully inflamed and have a grape-like appearance and are itchy and hot, then there will be no attempt to insert the rectal tube. This would only cause more discomfort and swelling in the rectum. If the hemorrhoids are deflated and have a raisin-like appearance, then it is usually no problem at all.
18. What about that time of the month?
Around the time of a female’s menses (period), the body is naturally cleansing itself. This is a good time to have a colonic. It helps to relieve bloating and menstrual pain which accompanies a period. Many clients prefer to have a colonic during this time of the month.
19. How do I improve the function of my colon?
Learn proper food combination. Eat 50% of your foods raw. They should be fresh, organic, and in season in your local area. Get a wide variety but eat smaller quantities.
Drink purified water. Drink half your weight in ounces of water daily; sip it, not with meals, but either 1 to 1.5 hours before meals or 2 hours after meals.
Chew your food properly by slowing down while eating, and relax.
Reduce stress and tension by exercising daily and getting the proper amount of sleep.
Avoid intestinal overloading by responding to the “urge to go” immediately.