Colon hydrotherapy treatment
All you need to know about colon hydrotherapy
Cleanses and exercises the bowel
Clearer skin and mind
Prevents and relieves constipation
Improves liver function
Assists with weight loss
Increases fertility in women
Improves lymph movement
Helps balance body bacteria
Boosts vitamin B utilisation and the production of vitamin K
Can help with recurring UTI infections
Flushes out parasites
Avoid a heavy meal, especially one with red meat!
Avoid fizzy drinks and alcohol
Reduce coffee and tea
Try to avoid strong pain killers where possible.
For maximum results do a juice cleanse a few days before your treatment!
Reasons to avoid:
Recent surgery to colon, rectum, or abdomen (less than 12 weeks)
Recent laparoscopy (less than 3 weeks)
Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
Recent bowel biopsy (3 weeks partial; 6 weeks full thickness)
Long-term oral, or rectal, steroid use (weakens bowel wall)
Severe haemorrhoids (or badly inflamed). Severe haemorrhaging
Autonomic dysreflexia (impaired, or difficult, reflex response, occurring in spinal injuries at or above T6)
Hirschsprung’s disease (megacolon is congenital)
Paralytic ileus (obstruction of the small intestine)
Uncontrolled high blood pressure above 160/100
Any active inflammatory bowel condition, for example: diverticulitis, colitis, Crohn’s disease
Severe abdominal, or inguinal (groin), hernia that cannot be reduced
Severe heart disease (uncontrolled). Congestive heart disease
Carcinoma of the kidney. Kidney disease. Renal insufficiency (using dialysis)
Use of diuretics (water used during treatment could raise blood pressure)
Carcinoma of the liver. Severe liver disease (cirrhosis). Gall bladder disease
Fissures (an anal fissure is a break in the lining of the bowel; usually occur as a consequence of constipation)
Fistulas (abnormal connection of tissue; anal fistula may develop after an abscess in the rectum has burst)
Hysterectomy (less than 12 weeks)
Most frequently asked questions:
Q. What do I need to do to prepare for the treatment?
A. Avoid eating a heavy meal directly before, and fizzy drinks and alcohol, before the treatment. Drinking plenty of water is extremely beneficial.
Q. What shall I wear to the treatment?
A. Loose, comfortable clothing - top and bottoms. Avoid wearing a dress. You will be asked to remove your lower garments before the treatment.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. This depends on your bowel contents. I usually recommend three to six sessions, at weekly intervals, to achieve the best results.
Q. How long does the treatment take?
A. Your appointment is 1-hour long; the treatment time is approximately 35 minutes. This allows plenty of time for discussion and time to spend in the toilet afterwards.
Q. Will I need to rush to the toilet following the treatment?
A. Usually you clear during the treatment and afterwards on the toilet and that is the end of it. Occasionally you will need the toilet upon leaving but you will have control in the same way you normally do.
Q. Do regular treatments create a lazy bowel?
A. Absolutely not! I treat many patients who have a 'redundant bowel' and after several sessions peristalsis will begin to function once more. Once this starts, patients will self-report they are having bowel movements in between treatments. And this should continue.
Q. Will I lose weight?
A. Possibly. When you clear it is normal to lose a few kilograms, and even centimetres from your waistline. You will feel emptier and your stomach less distended. After several treatments you will notice on the scales a weight reduction.
Q. How safe is the treatment?
A. Your safety is my ultimate priority! The treatment will only go ahead after the initial consultation, when it will be determined whether the treatment is suitable for you. All speculums and tubing are sterile and single use, which are hygienically disposed.
Q. Is the treatment painful?
A. You can experience a mild stomach ache just before you empty your bowel, which passes very quickly and not everyone experiences it. I will do all I can to ensure your treatment is without discomfort. I have been a practising colon hydrotherapist for 15 years and so have a great deal of experience.