Frequently Asked Questions

Is the treatment painful?
The treatment is not painful. You may feel a slight discomfort as if having diarrhoea
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For how long has colonic hydrotherapy been practised or been known about?
There is reference to colonic irrigation –or colon hydrotherapy, as we now call it - in the Bible [think you ought to give the reference], and Yogis in India were known to use their own method of physically cleansing the bowel. The first known use of colonic irrigation was by the Egyptians around 1500BC.
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Where in the colon is the old faecal debris?
It can be in pockets in the colon wall, or diverticulas, or can be mixed with hardened mucus 'glued' to any part of the colon wall.
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How much old faecal debris can be stuck in the colon?
3-5lbs [xxkilos] of debris is probably an average amount that can be lodged in the colon, although sometimes as much as 25lbs[xxkilos] can be present (this does not include the 'transient matter' present at any time).
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Why doesn't the debris stuck in the colon move through in the normal course of events?
Because the old matter will be lodged in pockets or stuck to the bowel wall.
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Can some people have rubbish stuck in the colon and not be ill?
Yes, although often people will display symptoms of a toxic condition before it turns into an identifiable or serious illness - e.g., fatigue and tiredness, skin problems, bad breath, joint pain, etc.
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Do colonics help with diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is often caused by pathogenic organisms or an irritant. Colonics are often very helpful in flushing them out. Diarrhoea can also be another form of constipation.
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How long does it take to clean out the bowel completely?
It depends on the condition of the colon. People with minor problems may be 'cleaned out' after six treatments or fewer. Someone who is seriously ill, however, may need many more.
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Is it possible to go straight into intensive colonic therapy until the colon is clean?
Generally not, because it can leave the patient too weak and time between treatments is often desirable to allow the body to recover from 'healing crises'. Short bursts of intensive therapy - a week or so at a time, with a recovery period in between- are however possible.
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Is there any danger of transmitting disease through the equipment used in colonic irrigation?
Yes, cross-contamination is possible, and proper sterilisation or the use of disposable equipment is essential.
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Is it possible to perforate the bowel through colonic irrigation?
No, due to the low pressures used and the extremely small device (speculum) introduced into the rectum.
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Is it possible to overstretch the bowel through colonic irrigation?
It is very unlikely if you are in the hands of a good practitioner. More often the bowel will already be overstretched or distorted because of retention of old faecal matter.
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Does the bowel get lazy if you have a lot of colonics?
No, on the contrary, the internal 'massage' provided by colonic irrigation, the variation in water temperature and the release of impacted matter from the wall of the colon should help tone the muscle of the bowel.
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Does colonic irrigation wash out all the good bacteria in the bowel?
Most of the loose bacteria living in the colon will be expelled (including putrefactive bacteria and parasites). With the removal of old waste there will be a better chance of long-term colonisation of the bowel with 'good’ bacteria. In the short-term, your practitioner may recommend you to take a probiotic culture to 'restock' the bowel flora, and a diet which will encourage these 'good' bacteria to multiply.
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Does colonic irrigation wash out essential vitamins and minerals?
Many people cannot assimilate vitamins and minerals properly through their colons due to toxic waste. In the longer term, the removal of toxic matter should help the patient absorb more efficiently through the colon wall.
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Is there any other way of detoxifying the colon other than colonic irrigation?
Historically, herbs have been used to detoxify the bowel, but they are probably most useful in combination with colonic irrigation – not as a completely effective substitute.
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When will I have a bowel movement again after the treatment?
Usually 36-48 hours - keep eating lightly until then. Drink plenty of water and follow your practitioner's advice.
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Is there anything I should or shouldn't do at the same time as having colonic therapy?
It is good practice to use diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbs or homoeopathy, exercise (if possible), deep breathing and skin brushing at the same time as undergoing colonic therapy. Your practitioner will advise you accordingly.
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Is it possible to do colonic irrigation on oneself?
Yes, but it is not recommended without proper training.
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What is the difference between an enema and a colonic irrigation?
An enema simply retains 1-2 litres of water in the bowel. It cannot usually reach all the way around the colon.
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Are enemas as effective as colonic irrigation?
No, but they can be done at home.
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