What is Colon Hydrotherapy (aka “A Colonic”, or “Colon Irrigation”)
A colonic irrigation gently cleanses the colon by filling and emptying it with warm and cold filtered water, returning the colon to a healthful and vigorous state. Patients lie relaxed on a table which is connected to the colonic equipment. During the procedure, which usually lasts from 45 to 75 minutes, a trained colon therapist “massages” the patient’s abdomen and varies the water temperature to improve the peristaltic action.
In addition to toning the colon, colonics help increase circulation, calm the nervous system and bring relief from headaches, food allergies, backaches, indigestion, colds and many other disorders. Most importantly, the body is better able to metabolize good sources of nutrition.
Why Colon Hydrotherapy?
The intestines are virtually ignored by most people as a part of the body which needs utmost attention to maintain good health, although this system functions as an essential foundation for all other systems in the body. If the foundation is weak, the rest of the structure will be affected. As stated above, colon hydrotherapy can lead to a wide range of benefits relating to the immune system, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological system, and more – a very natural and holistic approach to improved health.
What to Expect
At the Sante Center, we use a gravity-fed system (rather than a machine, which can often be uncomfortable) designed to enhance your own body's peristaltic waves (your urge to eliminate). A very specific technique was designed by the center's founder, Carolann Facella Kummins, using custom massage techniques, reflexology, and acupressure points working with the abdominal cavity to stimulate healthy function.
We incorporate proper nutrition to ensure the best results from your colonic treatment. Our goal is to eliminate the waste from the cecum, the farthest point of the colon, to complete proper elimination. We work with our hands, not with machines. Our unique technique has been used for centuries.
Following a colon hydrotherapy session, individuals most often experience a sense of positive and renewed energy. When followed by appropriate and guided nutritional therapy, and when warranted, other adjunctive treatments (eg, detox with IV vitamin C), individuals receive additional health benefits – see our patient testimonial section!
What is the difference between Colon Hydrotherapy and a typical enema?
An enema is simply a forceful purging of obstructing stool; it does nothing to address the cause for that obstructing stool to begin with, nor does it restore any normal intestinal functionality regarding regulated contractions or nutrient absorption as it does not impact the adherent “plaster”-like toxic contents on the walls, as colon hydrotherapy does. To use an analogy, it’s similar to pharmaceutical medications being given for high blood pressure, without any means to investigate or address underlying causes for the high blood pressure.
I’ve had a colonoscopy, and was told it was “normal”. What would colon hydrotherapy add to my better health?
Colonoscopies are intended to simply screen for disease. They are incredibly effective for removing pre-cancers (polyps) or identifying other visually obvious unwanted disease entities. What they do *not* do, however, is address anything regarding functionality. Colon Hydrotherapy seeks to restore not only the regulated intestinal contractions for optimal waste removal, but also removes the toxins from the walls to optimize nutritional absorption from the foods we eat – colonoscopies can address neither of these. More particularly, individuals who suffer from intestinal dysfunction with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or IBS-like symptoms can attest to their benefits and the improvement colon hydrotherapy provides when normal functionality is restored.
What sorts of conditions are commonly improved with colon hydrotherapy?
The list is really quite long, and as listed above, can include headaches, food allergies, backaches, indigestion, colds and more. Perhaps the most common conditions for which patients seek help with colon hydrotherapy, other than to improve their general health and immune system (because the intestinal health is so vital to many or all other health systems in the body), are: irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, chronic constipation, chronic functional abdominal pain, persistent “indigestion”, suspected intestinal parasites, Crohns disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
What is the connection between colon hydrotherapy and nutritional changes (in particular, raw foods)?
The average American diet is comprised of excess refined, greasy or processed foods which, along with heavily cooked starches, dairy, eggs and meat, can leave a coating of slime on the inner walls of the colon much like plaster on a wall. Over time, the slimy coating increases in thickness and can become "sludge"-like, until there is only a fraction of the space through which matter can pass, thus clogging the colon, just like a pipe gets clogged.
To work at its full potential, our system needs clean-burning foods that do not clog the colon. This means a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables, sprouts and nuts, eaten in the right combination. Raw foods act as a magnet, an "intestinal broom", to help keep waste matter moving along the intestinal tract. Once we remove the initial impaction or intestinal wall plaster, raw foods help to maintain intestinal health to optimize subsequent nutritional absorption with other foods.
What then is happening to most individuals’ digestive systems?
The typical foods people eat actually clog and "starve" the colon, instead of furnishing nourishment. A starved colon may let fecal matter pass, but it is unable to carry on the final digestive process, further contributing to the accumulation of toxic waste and serious health issues. It is not enough to simply change one's diet, for unless the existing toxins are removed properly and safely through colon hydrotherapy, the toxins can be reabsorbed.
Will colon hydrotherapy be useful for me?
Today's diets contain meaningful quantities of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in fiber. Poor colon health is derived not only from eating these foods, overeating, and ignoring the call to eliminate; it is also impacted by stress, allergies, and medications, among other factors. The colon contains the largest concentration of bacteria in the body. Waste material allowed to stagnate alters the proportion of friendly bacteria to unfriendly bacteria, disrupting the balance of microorganisms essential to the health of the colon and the body in general. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, or gastrointestinal pain may alert you to colon distress. In such cases, it may be necessary to consult a physician. We believe that Colon Hydrotherapy may be valuable in minimizing the effects of both dietary and environmental stresses and toxins that bombard us on a regular basis and can lead to immune system imbalances. That portion of the immune system residing in the intestine may rejuvenate once toxic waste materials are removed. In the case of a serious heart condition or acute inflammatory conditions of the colon such as diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease, your physician can best determine the appropriateness of the procedure.
How often should one be undergoing colon hydrotherapy?
The frequency and intervals of treatments depends on the individual’s health condition and purpose for receiving treatment. For general health prevention, the frequency may be seasonal (eg, spring and fall), up to every other month, depending on age. For those receiving treatments for a specific illness, the frequency depends not only on age, but also on the type and frequency of other treatments (eg fasting or IV therapy).
The following books will enhance your understanding of Colon Hydrotherapy and related topics:
Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
Invisible Illness by Gloria Gilbere
Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, MD
Detox for Life by Loree Taylor Jordan
Poisoned by My Body by Gloria Gilbere
Heart of Nourishment by Halé Sofia Schatz
Renew Your Life by Brenda Watson
**Let our certified professional colon hydrotherapists gently wash the toxins away, you'll feel the difference!