Colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation) is a body-based hydrotherapy treatment.
During a colon hydrotherapy session, water is gently introduced into the large intestine through the anus in a controlled manner by a qualified therapist. The purpose of colon hydrotherapy is to achieve optimal bowel function through the restoration of fluid, matter and gas balance - removal of excess wastes and exercise to the large intestine for the benefit of assisting absorption, assimilation and elimination which is instrumental in maintaining health and well being of the body and mind.
At your first appointment the therapist will take a full medical case history, and will explain the procedure and treatment process to you. Do not hesitate to ask any questions. You do not need to make any special changes to your diet or lifestyle before a treatment, however many people choose to have a treatment when embarking upon a new health regime.
A brief rectal exam will be carried out and then a speculum is gently introduced into the rectum. This procedure should not be painful. If you feel any pain or discomfort please inform your therapist.
An inlet and outlet tube are attached to the outside of the speculum to provide a through-flow of water going in, and water and waste going out. The waste is piped away, and since the whole system is closed, there is no odour.
You will initially be requested to lie on your left side to allow the speculum to be gently inserted, your therapist will then ask you to turn onto your back.
To assist elimination of waste and gas pockets your therapist may use gentle abdominal massage techniques.