What is Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonic Irrigation)?
A colonic is a procedure whereby water is allowed to flow, under
gentle pressure, into the colon (large intestine) in order to
encourage the colon to cleanse harmful bacteria and toxic waste.
Tubes are attached to a short stainless steel (or disposable if
requested) speculum where water is allowed to flow in and out. The
waste is discharged through a completely closed system, and viewed
through plastic observation tubes.The colon is filled with water and emptied repeatedly, thereby
promoting proper peristaltic action. Alternating the water
temperature from warm to cool serves to increase the cleansing
action and strengthens the muscular walls, which high salts and
acids have weakened.You can expect your colonic to be a gentle and comfortable
procedure. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. A series of
colonics helps improve colon function and general all around health.Nutripathic Health Centre uses water that has been filtered and
sterilized by an ultra violet light disinfection system.
What are the benefits of colonics?
- Cleanse the colon:
They help eliminate the poisons of putrefaction from the colon and
encourage the healthy bacteria to flourish again.
- Exercise the colon muscles:
The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves the
peristaltic activity. This will help normalize the transit time once
the colon muscles have been strengthened and rejuvenated.
- Stimulate colon reflex points:
As in reflexology, the colon has reflex points representing organs
and bodily systems. A colonic gently stimulates these points. An
iridology session will also show you which reflex areas in your
bowel may potentially be affected.
- Hydrate the body:
Increased water absorption of water through the colon will help
hydrate cells, dilute and flush toxins through the kidneys.
Recommended steps in preparation for colonics
- 1-2 days prior to your session, increase your fruit and vegetable
intake. Drink plenty of pure water. Decrease or cut out all
mucous-forming foods such as dairy products (milk, cheeses) and
flour products (pasta, bread, muffins, crackers, etc.). Cutting out
animal protein, alcohol, carbonated beverages, salt, and sugar will
also benefit the colonic. (Note: A proper nutritional protocol can
be discussed once your specific needs are assessed).
- Supplementation such as herbal laxatives, psyllium husk powder,
flax seed powder, etc. do not need to be taken prior to your first
colonic. However, if you are already on a product that has been
encouraging elimination for you, continue taking it until we can
properly assess your needs. We have found that certain products will
aggravate ones condition, so it is best not to integrate something
new into your system until we meet. Understanding your unique
constitutional needs is necessary for effective results.
- You may eat a light meal or nothing (if not hungry) approximately
2 hours prior to your session. If eating immediately after a colonic
is necessary, eat lightly. Green leafy salads, vegetable soups,
vegetable broths, fruit, or vegetable juices are good choices.
- To better address your health concerns, we suggest you to first
have the Health Appraisal Package done as a new client. This most
valuable session will help you maximize the benefits of your
How will one feel during and after a colonic?
There are different sensations experienced from one person to
another. Colonics are rarely painful. If there are cramping
sensations, it is usually a result of tension, resistance, or gas. A
professional colon hydrotherapist will be able to minimize the
discomfort. A small number of people may feel fatigued while others
will go back to their normal routine. Most clients actually enjoy
the colonic and its accompanying sensation of feeling lighter,
clean, and clear.If hungry, you may eat after a colonic. Green leafy salads,
vegetable soups, vegetable broths, fruit, or vegetable juices are
Will one colonic completely empty the colon?
Almost never. Many people have a considerable amount of impacted
material in their colon. Also, many are somewhat nervous or tense
during the first colonic. Most clients notice a considerable
difference on their second or third visit. They feel their abdominal
muscles more relaxed and thus more material is released.
How many colonics are suggested?
The number of colonics required varies from one person to another.
The planning for an effective protocol is determined on your first
appointment, after assessing the clients needs. On average, 3
colonic irrigations are suggested with approximately one week
between sessions. Our goal at Nutripathic Health Centre is to
address the causes of your health issues. We give you the necessary
tools through proper nutritional advice, supplementation, and
education based on your unique constitutional type. This way, you
become empowered and responsible in rebuilding your health.
How do colonics differ from enemas?
Since an enema requires you to hold on to a greater amount of water,
it prevents you from being able to relax the abdominal muscles.
Enemas can only really empty the lower bowel area, approximately 8
12 inches.During a colonic, the client lies on his/her back with the knees
slightly elevated. You do not need to hold on to the water and
speculum, nor do you have to push the water through the tubing. All
you do is relax as your colon hydrotherapist gently allows a small
amount of water to enter and release. This technique is repeated
throughout the 45-minute session with the use of abdominal pressure
point and massage, breathing and relaxation suggestions, etc. The
amount of toxic waste removed is far more than an enema.
Are colonics habit-forming?
We use colonics only as a tool to help create a clean and healthy
colon, not to make you dependent on them. As colon hydrotherapists,
we are dedicated to educate and encourage you to develop a lifestyle
that will accomplish that goal.
Will colonics wash out the good intestinal flora?
Good bacteria can only breed in clean environment. Removing toxic
waste from the colon will help increase the good bacteria as we
rebuild a healthy terrain by addressing all the factors
influencing intestinal imbalances. Valuable nutrients will become
better absorbed in a clean environment.When a series of colonics are done, we recommend supplementing with
a proper probiotics formula to help increase colonization of good
bacteria as your internal environment is improving.
Should colonics be combined with any other modality?
We believe that colonics are a great adjunct to any herbal cleansing
programs or fasting program. Whenever you do anything that increases
the rate at which toxins enter the bloodstream (i.e. detoxifying
herbs), it is essential that all your systems of elimination
(bowels, kidneys, skin, lungs, etc.) be supported to function
properly. This combination will also help prevent autointoxication.
What type of water treatment is used?
The water used for colonics at NHC first goes through a 3-part
filtration process and ends by passing through a chamber with an
ultra violet light system. The end result is pure, sterilized water.
- Stage One - 5 Micron Sediment Filter: Removes dirt, sediments,
sand, rust, and other physical particles.
- Stage Two 20 Micron Carbon Block: Reduces chemicals such as
chlorine, that may be present in the water supply.
- Stage Three - .5 Micron Carbon Block: Removes Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Further reduces organic chemicals,
chlorine, heavy metals,
- Stage Four - Trojan Ultra Violet Light Disinfection System.
Waterborne pathogenic organisms causing illness or contamination
become non-existent. The Trojan UV system kills bacteria, viruses,
and other pathogens by preventing them from reproducing, resulting
in safe water usage. UV disinfection is a natural process that adds
no chemicals to the water.