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Don't be afraid to ask these questions of any colonic therapist you approach for treatment. The answers given here comply with the high standards of training the IPCH endeavours to uphold.

Where did you train and how long was the training?
IPCH trained therapists undergo a rigorous training that is in line with the National Occupational Standards for Colon Hydrotherapy, comply with the Complimentary and Natural Health Care Council Core Curricula and is recognised by the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapy.

Are you a member of a professional regulatory body?
The Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapy (ARCH) holds a comprehensive register of professional therapists and welcomes IPCH trained therapists. ARCH is itself regulated by the Complimentary and Natural Health Care Council and verifies that members have received a bonafide training, are up dating their skill yearly with Continous Development (CPD) training courses and comply with the highest standards of practice.

Do you have full professional and public liability insurance for your treatment and advice?
Insurance is a requirement of IPCH trained students in order to protect the public.

Do you use disposable speculum and tubing?
All contact parts should be disposable to minimise the risk of cross contamination. It is not sufficient to use a plastic speculum alone; the attached tubing also gets contaminated and should be disposable.

How long is a treatment session?
A colonic treatment consists of a minimum of 30 minutes on the irrigation table to be effective (unless very special circumstances). A session with your therapist should be at least one hour in total – in order to encourage relaxation and to allow time on the toilet afterwards without feeling rushed. Additionaly, the first session includes a full case history, therefore, your therapist may need an hour and a half if it is your first itme.

Do you take a case history?
There are a number of contra-indications (link back to page with contra-indications) to colonic hyrotherapy and enough time should be allocated for a thorough case history to be taken.

Do you discuss diet and life style?
A colonic treatment is only fully effective if you are given correct aftercare advice. That advice should be unique to you and time must be allocated for that purpose.

Do you massage the bowel during the colonic?
A colonic hydrotherapy treatment is not as effective without the beneficial addition of deep bowel massage. This will help you relax and help loosen the old waste that is lodge in the pockets. There are also a number of reflexes on the bowel which will benefit from being stimulated.

Do you offer the option of a toilet break during the colonic?
A toilet break during the treatment will sometimes help minimise discomfort. Although it may add time to the treatment this should be allowed and the option built into the colonic for improved results.