Colonic irrigation is typically conducted in a clinic or spa environment by qualified personnel. After assessing a client's condition, an enema is sometimes administered prior to the irrigation to purge the bowel. The colon is then washed by warm filtered and sterile water. This is introduced into the colon via the rectum using a hollow lubricated rubber tube, which circulates the water before it exists. The amount and pressure of the fluid is adjusted to ensure that there is no discomfort at all. During a single session between 25 litres - 50 litres are typically circulated to facilitate cleansing, and can take anywhere from 30 - 60 minutes to perform. The water causes the colon to contract which expels bacteria, undigested food and faecal matter. Herbs or enzymes can also be added to the water, which encourages regular bowel movements and aids in the digestion of food. During the session the therapist may also massage the abdomen, and encourage relaxation, to aid in the release of residues from the colon.
Colonic irrigation is useful in relieving a number of conditions, including:
Any colonic irrigation should be administered by a trained therapist. Practitioners should be qualified and a member of a recognised professional association, which ensures the highest possible standards of hygiene and safety. This includes the cleaning and sterilization of all the necessary equipment.