Colonic Irrigation, or Colon Hydrotherapy, has its roots in ancient Egypt, Greece and India and has been used in the Western world since the 1800s. Practitioners believe that toxins built up in the bowel may be responsible for many health problems and the goal is, therefore, to flush them from the colon.
Treatments are usually given in a clinic or spa and sessions last between 30 to 50 minutes. Practitioners should be qualified and a member of a recognised professional association, such as ACHA. The patient is required to change into a hospital style gown and may be asked to take an enema, before the procedure begins. During the treatment, they lay on a table and a special device is used to fill their colon with warm purified water. Herbs or enzymes may also be added to the water. The water causes the muscles lining the colon to contract and expand forcing out fecal matter, which may include bacteria and undigested food, through an evacuation tube into the machine. The therapist may massage the abdomen to help loosen pockets of waste and gas. The procedure may be repeated several times and should be pain free.
Prior to the treatment and after it has been completed, it is suggested that the patient eat light meals for a period of time. Some practitioners recommend 1-2 sessions whilst others will suggest treatments every few months.
Colonic Irrigation may be of assistance for general body detoxification and secondary conditions arising from poor bowel function, such as skin problems, bloating and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is not suitable for people suffering from many inflammatory diseases such as Crohns disease, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative Colitis or Haemorrhoids. If in doubt, medical advice should be sought before commencing a treatment.