Colonic therapy (irrigation or hydrotherapy), colon cleanse or colon detox is a gentle cleansing of the large intestine.
When we first decided to introduce colonic hydrotherapy to our clinic we investigated the benefits as well as the best approach. Our primary focus was to introduce a therapy that was effective and above all safe. We discovered that even though an “Open Colonic” System was cost effective, as we did not need to hire a colonic therapist as it’s a ” Do it yourself” system, it did not full-fill our main concern which was safety and effectiveness.
One of the largest risk with colonic irrigation is the insertion of the rectal speculum. Some people have haemorrhoids (internal & external) , fissures, strictures, benign growths (harmless tumours), polyps, and for some individuals the rectum does not lay at the expected angle or they suffer from a rectal prolapse. Knowing this, you would now agree, trying to insert a rectal speculum by yourself in an area that you can’t see and in some cases have difficulty reaching, is not the best approach and in some rare cases can lead to bowel perforation.
There are 2 types of Colonic Irrigation/Hydrotherapy “Open Colonic” System and “Closed Colonic” System
The second concern we had with an “Open Colonic” System was there was no therapist attending during the procedure to regulates and assess the therapy at all times. For some individuals, applying a preset pressure is not the best approach as the needs of the patient may change. For instance if there is a large blockage and the pressure is not adjusted then this will unnecessarily extend the bowel causing possible cramping and perhaps tiny tears in the internal bowel wall (fissures).
We know there are great health benefits to be gained by colonic hydrotherapy, most people feels a surge of wellbeing, improved energy and is also an invaluable tool for gastroenterologist who are now using this system to clear the bowel prior a colonoscopy to better view the large intestine wall. But like all things, it has to be done properly and by a qualified individual. You would not put an untrained and inexperienced person in charge of a medical procedure…… it makes no sense but because this is not regulated by government authorities we are seeing a surge of unqualified individuals setting up shop!
We understand that some people may be hesitant about rectal insertion but like all things medical (pap smear, prostate exam) its just a few seconds of awkwardness that is soon forgotten. We take your welfare and apprehensions seriously and offer gowns and towels to maintain your modesty at all times. A rectal digital exam and rectal insertion will take less than 5 seconds and the rest of the time you are laying on your back completely covered by towels.
All the tubing equipment is single use and disposable as the third biggest concern is cleanliness to minimise the possibility of infection.
The Colonic irrigation machine we use is German and it is top of the range. The water passing through is filtered, temperature controlled (also pre-warmed) and has a U-V light sterilising the water before it reaches the bowel. The colonic machine has a self cleaning program that is used between patients. The colonic machine has various dials that allows the colonic therapist to vary the procedure greatly depending on the individual needs of the patient. For instant a patient that has not had a bowel action for 10 days will not have an identical procedure to a patient that has regular bowel action but is in need of a detox. In an “open colonic” system there would be no variation as it’s a “set and forget” program.
All equipment that is is used is disposable (excluding the machine). Disposable items include all tubing connecting the patient to the colonic machine, table coverings, speculum and gloves. The colonic area is wiped down with a hospital grade disinfectant between patients. We take hygiene seriously!
Our Colonic Therapist will Explain Everything you need to know
A health questionnaire is provided and once completed further clarifications and explanations are discussed in detail.
Contraindications to the colonic procedure will be checked and the procedure will be cancelled should you not qualify. Safety always comes first.
A Pre-treatment consultation may be conducted checking your blood pressure and the reason you are attending to help you achieve your health goals.
Your Colonic Therapist has a thorough understanding of digestive physiology and will explain during the course of the treatment what your stools indicate by commenting on the quantity, shape, formation, gas, colour of the stool, parasites, candida etc…
The use of abdominal massage and water flow techniques throughout the treatment.
Advise will be given to individualise after-care health advice such as probiotic supplements, food to eat and helping clients make adjustments to their lifestyle in order to support their health goals.
How should the Procedure Feel?
When the water is introduced into the bowel and is at capacity the sensation is very similar to what you would feel when you have a normal gentle bowel action. Should you feel discomfort the water flow flow is stopped and the water is drained from the bowel. This procedure should not be painful as the bowel is never overextended… Read more
Low-risk irrigation approach
One of the largest risk with colonic irrigation is the insertion of the rectal speculum. Some people have haemorrhoids (internal & external) , fissures, strictures, benign growths (harmless tumours), polyps, and for some individuals the rectum does not lay at the expected angle or they suffer from a rectal prolapse. Knowing this, you would now agree that trying to insert yourself, a rectal speculum in an area that you can’t see and in some cases have difficulty in reaching is not the best approach and in some rare cases lead to bowel perforation. Hence the reason we do the insertion, a very quick 5 second private procedure.
Is this cleanse like a detox?
A colon cleanse is very similar to a detox in that it removes ‘toxins’ and unwanted matter from the large intestine. Often the two terms are used interchangeably, however a colonic-irrigation is purely to remove accumulated waste from the colon and in addition, hydrates the body as water is reabsorbed easily and readily in the large intestine. Combining a Colonic with a detox diet is an excellent combination. Doing one or the other is good….. but the combination of both is life changing. If your goal is to replace your fatigue and brain fog with increased energy levels , clearer skin, clear headedness then this is for you.
What are the benefits of a colon-cleanse?
There is a theory know as autointoxication. Basically, it means undigested food like meat cause mucus (mucoid-plaque) build-up in the colon. The theory and science suggest this mucus enters the body as toxins and prevents the proper absorption or digestion of foods, hence optimal healing cannot occur. The benefit of removing the plaque (ie. doing a colonic-irrigation) include more energy, being in balance, stable weight, wellness.
Why does this mucoid-plaque form?
The body has normal healthy mucosa, but due to unhealthy eating habits the body creates the plaque to protect itself from acids, toxic compounds like drugs (aspirin and alcohol), table salt, heavy metals, chemicals and the toxins produced by incomplete digestion and absorption of food.