COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY MANCHESTER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
In this article we cover Colonic Hydrotherapy in detail. Before discussing what colonic irrigation hydrotherapy involves it is important to understand how our body works to remove waste.
Colon – Location & Overview
The colon (also known as bowel or large intestine) is the end portion of the human digestive tract. It is a continuous food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus. Your colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Its major functions are the absorption of water and minerals and the formation and elimination of waste (faeces).
Feeling constipated? Colonic Hydrotherapy could be the answer
Most experts agree that if you are not having at least 2 or 3 bowel movements every day, then by definition, you should consider yourself constipated. Sadly today it is considered ‘normal’ to only have a bowel movement every 2-3 days. Constipation is a state of the bowel in which evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or where the colon becomes lined with impacted, hardened faeces. Undigested food and waste may remain lodged in the colon for days, weeks, or even years to putrefy and generate toxic substances harmful to your health.
Constipation leads to old hardened faeces sticking to the walls of the colon. The colon passage through which the faeces travel is greatly reduced by the impacted waste, this results in stools that are narrow in diameter. Many people are constipated without even recognizing the condition, they have experienced poor, narrow stools for so long, they think it is ‘normal’ When the colon is packed with a layer of old, toxic waste, it is not possible for the lining of the colon to function normally, and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora or lubrication. The lack of lubrication in the colon makes the constipation worse and this leads to more colon toxicity and possible disease.
Most people have no any idea how much old, hardened, faecal matter is lodged within their colons. Many experts now believe that the average person has 5 to 20lbs of accumulated waste matter in their colon. While not a weight loss procedure many people who complete a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions experience significant weight loss and flattening of the stomach.
Constipation and toxicity
Stages of colon cancer
Many people will not eliminate waste from the colon again until the following day after the colonic, some people will not eliminate until 3-5 days following a colonic. This is called transit time, the time taken from when food enters the mouth, to when it exits the body. A normal healthy transit time of food is less than 24 hours; on average in the UK it is now 60 hours for men and 70 hours for women. In fact the UK is the most constipated nation in the world. Sadly the UK has the highest incidence of bowel cancer in the world, with 20,000 new cases each year.
One in three people consulting GP have a bowel problem such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis and Candida. When waste matter sits inside the colon dehydration and stagnation occurs, therefore toxins build up and this creates erratic conditions in the body we call disease.
Common diseases in the colon
Toxins from the colon are absorbed throughout the body and can manifest themselves in a wide range of health problems and general malaise affecting so many in the UK. Proper bowel management and health will never be achieved through the use of drugs and/or surgery. The answer lies in a time-proven and natural approach – colon hydrotherapy.
In the last 10 years there has been a resurgence of interest in alternative medicine and personal health care. Once again people are discovering the many health benefits of maintaining a strong and clean colon. This return to using colon hydrotherapy has been helped by the development of sophisticated colon hydrotherapy machines, which make the treatment both safe and comfortable.
Our lifestyle causes colon toxicity
Today we are exposed to more stress, lack of sleep and exercise, chemicals, drugs, and food additives in the processed foods that we eat than ever before in our history. The removal of these toxins is essential to healthy body function. Healthy body function means a strong immune system able to fight and eliminate disease. Your colon may be burdened with putrefying food, bacteria, viruses, indigestible chemicals, and encrusted pockets of fermented waste (faeces).
The evacuation of a stool only once a day can result in the re-absorption of 85% of bowel toxins! If this happens, the colon may become saturated with harmful toxins, this leads to a process called ‘autointoxication’. This means that toxic substances can be transported into the bloodstream where the lymphatic, circulatory systems, lungs and kidneys, can over time become overburdened and when these systems are unable to cope with the toxic overload your body is exposed to serious health risks.
Typical symptoms of colon toxicity
aching muscles or joints
attention deficit disorder
brittle nails or hair
cold hands and feet
expressive gas or bloating
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
inability to lose weight
lower back pain
These are common conditions which may respond well to colon hydrotherapy.
The typical first world diet of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats, sugar, flour, preservatives and low in fibre will cause problems for the colon as we were not designed to process these substances in large quantities. This results in an unclean, weak and poorly functioning colon that is a breeding ground for disease, sickness, possibly death. People are again beginning to understand that a clean, strong and well functioning colon is essential to maintaining optimal health.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 20% of the UK population suffers from IBS symptoms at some time during their lives, and 5% are chronic sufferers. It is more prevalent in females.
- Laxative sales in the UK are multi million £’s per annum.
- The ideal bowel transit time is less than 24 hours.
- In adulthood, all our vitamin K needs are provided by our own bowel bacteria.
- There are more bacteria present in the colon than there are cells that make up our own body.
The repercussions of poor bowel function may be seen throughout the body in a wide range of health problems.
WHAT IS COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY
During colonic hydrotherapy treatment pure filtered water is introduced into the colon via the anus by a qualified therapist. The purpose of the treatment is to achieve optimal bowel function through the removal of excess wastes, toxins, bacterium and gas. Colon therapy also exercises the colon which results in improved absorption, assimilation and elimination which is instrumental in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the body and mind.
A brief introduction to history of colon hydrotherapy
Colonic hydrotherapy is not a new therapy. Washing the colon with water dates back to Egyptian times. In fact colon cleansing was first recorded in an Egyptian medical papyrus dated as early as 1500 B.C. The Egyptians used colon washes to treat a diverse range of diseases.
The Hippocrates, founders of Western medicine, used and still use enemas for colon cleansing.
From the 1920s to the 1960s, the regular use of enemas in most hospitals was standard practice amongst most medical practitioners in both Europe and America.
With the rapid advancement of pharmaceutical approaches to treating various conditions, natural forms of healing, including colon cleansing had suffered a temporary setback. However, the pharmaceutical industry has failed to deliver an effective solution to many digestive complaints, such as malabsorption, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, candida infections, dysbiosis, intestinal discomfort, which are all too often term IBS.
I belong to the International Association and Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) who work to maintain the high levels of quality, professionalism and therapy in the complementary health sector.
The Inner Health Colonic Treatment
At inner health you will experience colonic hydrotherapy as it should be, specific, gentle, discreet, relaxing and extremely effective. I work with your body’s natural rhythm ensuring your nervous system remains calm therefore enabling you to have a relaxing as well as a cleansing experience.
I use short & long fills as well as temperature adjustment all the while ensuring the nervous system and colon remain calm throughout. This results in the treatment being much more effective allowing the colon to expel gas, toxins and waste in a calm manner.
In contrast to popular belief, the effectiveness of colon hydrotherapy is not dependent on the quantity of water infused into the colon. Less really is more. Colon hydrotherapy should be a gentle infusion of warm temperature regulated purified water into the colon. Using no chemicals or drugs, the warm water helps to soften, break up, and then remove impacted and dehydrated faecal, mucoidal, parasitic and other waste material that layer the colon walls.
I use the state of the art, Aqua-Clinic™ device which is based on the traditional closed system, but with a built-in double filtration system. It has adjustable temperature and flow controls which hold temperature and flow extremely well. It has a very quiet and gentle operation which is suitable for fragile clients. No electricity is used in the operation, making the equipment suitable for EMF-sensitive clients; and unlike in most other pressure devices, waste DOES NOT go through the machine thus ensuring hygiene and safety 100%. The system can be used both in free flow mode and in gradual or full water restriction mode, enabling a personalised treatment programme which depends entirely on the clients needs, but best of all the deep hydration effect enables effective results from the very first treatment.
The treatment I provide will ensure your comfort and safety above all else. I only use disposable equipment so you are assured of a safe, sterile and hygienic treatment.
A TYPICAL COLONIC IRRIGATION TREATMENT IN STOCKPORT
During your first colonic hydrotherapy appointment I will guide you through a consultation, during which the procedure will be explained and we will talk through your completed colonic irrigation intake questionnaire.
After we have spoken, I’ll ask you to change into the disposable garments, and to lie on the bed. I’ll relax you and help your body and mind to prepare for the treatment. I will ask you to turn onto your left, ask you to bend your knees towards your chest and then I’ll lubricate and insert the speculum and connect the speculum to the pipes.
The treatment will start with warm purified water running gently into the colon. I will massage your abdominal area during the treatment; massage has a calming effect on the colon which will increase the effectiveness of the treatment. When slight pressure builds up in the colon, the water is gently released along with waste matter from the colon. Just one colon hydrotherapy session may be equivalent to having 20 or 30 regular bowel movements. Eliminations during subsequent therapy sessions can be even more substantial as older, hardened, impacted faeces is cleansed from the colon walls.
The treatment will last between 35 and 45 minutes, but you should allow one hour as you will need time to change before and after the treatment.
After the treatment you may want to sit on the toilet to release the rest of the water and wastes. Then you will change into your clothes and we’ll talk about your results, run through your aftercare and discuss how many treatments you might need.
Most people report a marked improvement in symptoms straight after treatment, however it should be noted that not everyone feels fantastic after having a colonic. How you feel is directly related to how robust your liver detoxification system is. If the liver is congested it may struggle with the additional toxins which it has to process after the treatment. This can result in some temporary tiredness and possible headaches, in some cases however this may progress beyond 24hrs, in which case further colonic hydrotherapy treatment should be sought in order to take the load off the liver.
BENEFITS OF COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY
Toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation of foods and elimination of waste. Faecal debris built up over a long period is gently removed over a series of colon hydrotherapy treatments. Once this impacted material is removed, your colon can again resume its normal absorption and elimination function. A colon hydrotherapy session may be considered a rejuvenation treatment for your body.
2. Strengthens the colon muscles
The build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functions. Gentle filling and emptying of the colon can improve peristalsis (natural muscular contraction) that aids efficient removal of waste material.
3. Reshapes the colon
Over time, the natural shape of a problematic colon will become distorted causing even more problems. The gentle water action and massage techniques of the therapist will help eliminate protruding pockets of waste and narrow, spastic constrictions. After a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions, the colon gradually begins to resume its natural shape.
4. Stimulation of reflex points
Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. A colon hydrotherapy session stimulates these reflex points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way, similar to reflexology.
5. Related benefits from colon hydrotherapy
- Clears the colon of old waste and harmful toxins
- Restores the bodies pH balance
- Promotes regular bowel movements
- Stimulates the immune system
- Decreases bloating
- Decreases gas and wind
- Allows a free passage of nutrients into blood
- Improves digestion
- Limits toxic absorption
- Improves mood
- Decreases heartburn and indigestion
- Improves sleep
- Promotes a clearer and sharper mind
- Decreases food cravings
- Improves Candida and IBS symptoms
- Increases energy
- Reduces cellulite
- Improves food sensitivities and intolerances
- Increases assimilation of nutrients
- Increases hair lustre
- Improves skin
Where autointoxication exists colonic hydrotherapy may be beneficial to people who suffer from the following conditions:
- Back ache, stiffness, sore joints
- Bad breath
- Bloated stomach
- Earaches, sinus problems
- Leaky gut
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS
- Irritability & depression
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Prostrate problems
- Poor circulation
- Persistent colds
- Skin problems – eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, liver spots, etc
- Spastic colon
- Sluggish colon
Along with other suitable measures Colon Hydrotherapy can be useful during
- Cleansing regimes
- Liver/gall flushes
- Weight loss programmes.
The possible detoxifying health benefits of colon hydrotherapy
- Elimination of undigested food
- Decreased bloating
- Increased energy
- Improved digestion
- Reduction of heartburn and indigestion
- Improved sleep
- Improved metabolism
- Decrease in food cravings
- Restoring PH balance to the body
- Improved Immune system
- Increased assimilation of nutrients to the blood
Colon Hydrotherapy is specifically indicated where improvement is need to:
Reduce risk of colon cancer
PREPERATION AND AFTERCARE
Before your colonic hydrotherapy treatment – hydrate your bowel
The most important thing to do before a colonic is to HYDRATE your bowel. One of the main actions of colonic hydrotherapy is in re-hydrating old dried up faecal matter which through lack of drinking water, excess dehydrating beverages and foods, and excessive transit time have become impacted.
To hydrate your bowel if possible for SEVEN days prior to you treatment
- Drink at least 1.5 litres of pure filtered or spring water every day
- Avoid drinking coffee, alcohol and fizzy sugary drinks
- Only drink pure fruit juices without added sugar (it must say ‘pure’ on the pack)
- Avoid salt as much as possible by reducing process foods and crisps
After your colonic take it easy
The effects of your colonic will go on for a number of days (2-4) after your treatment. They will be varied from a boost in energy level or occasionally a headache or feeling a little tired. Bowel movements may take a few days to return to normal. This is a time to give your digestion and yourself a break by eating foods which are easy to break down and by taking time to pamper yourself. You may also feel a little cold afterwards; make sure to keep warm, drink warm herbal tea or soup and bring an extra layer with you just in case.
You should feel fine after a colonic hydrotherapy treatment, and not experience any unwanted side-effects; here are a few simple measures to follow:
- Follow any specific advice on diet, supplements, exercise, etc.
- Don’t overeat. Eat simply cooked or raw food, and chew well.
- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables (especially leafy) will add to the cleansing effect and help to regulate bowels.
- Don’t eat red meat (beef, lamb, pork and game) every day; white meat, fish and vegetarian meals are much easier to digest.
- Eat only whole grains, e.g. brown rice, wholemeal flour, NOT refined e.g. white flour products, pasta.
- Avoid lots of mucus-forming foods like refined grains, dairy products and eggs.
- A small amount of water is absorbed during the colonic treatment, and you may notice an increased need to urinate. This is normal, and will subside quickly.
- Drink plenty of fluids. If your digestion is weak, don’t drink with meals or for 30 minutes before or 1 hour after meals. Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours.
- You may experience some flatulence and bowel sounds – this is due to the bowel bacteria multiplying back up to strength for up to 48 hours after treatment. Probiotic supplements/foods may be useful, and the fruit and vegetables will help.
- If griping occurs, drink hot Peppermint, Fennel or Chamomile infusions, and avoid cold drinks, carbonated drinks and gassy foods.
- Don’t expect a bowel movement the next day: depending upon your condition, it may take several days before normal bowel movements resume.
- Avoid rigorous exercise and weight lifting for 24 hours after treatment.
Live natural bio-yogurt will help to re-colonise your gut with friendly bacteria.
Vegetables in all forms, especially steamed or in soups.
Brown rice, porridge, quinoa and millet are rich in beneficial fibre and will help the friendly bacteria in your gut as well as improve your transit.