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What Is A Colonic Cleanse?

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Colon hydrotherapy is the more modern term used for a colonic, colon irrigation, high colonic or high enema.  Colon hydrotherapy is a method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs.  By introducing filtered water into the colon (large intestine), the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis. This process is generally repeated a number of times.

Anwers To Common Questions About A Colonic Session:

Colonic Session on a Hydro San Plus Colonic System.

What is a colon hydrotherapy session like?

A session is a comfortable experience for most people.  However, if discomfort is experienced, the session can be stopped at any time.  The client is always in control.  Techniques utilized allow a small amount of water to flow into the colon at a slow controlled rate.  The water enters the colon through disposable tubing and speculum that are attached to the colonic equipment.  The water gently stimulates the colon's natural peristaltic action to release softened waste.  The inflow of a small amount of water and the release of waste may be repeated several times.  The removal of waste should encourage better colon function and elimination. 

During the session, the client will be in a face-up position on the table as seen below.  Most of the clothing can be kept on and the client will be draped with a gown to ensure their modesty.  Your dignity is always maintained.   Important!  Read prior to booking a colonic appointment:  See contraindications for receiving a colonic session.   See also: Colonic Services Disclaimer

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Why should I be concerned about my colon?

The colon, also known as the large intestine or bowel, is the end portion of the digestive tract. It is approximately 5 feet long and 2 ½ inches in diameter.  Its major functions are to eliminate waste and to conserve water.  Also, there are "good bacteria" living in the colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamin K and portions of the B vitamin complex.  The colon has been referred to as the sewer system of the body.  It is the place where we store the waste material that most of us would rather not think about.  A healthy digestive tract helps to support a healthy immune system.

What type of colonic system do you use?

The system I use in my office is a Hydrosan Plus system made by Specialty Health Products, and is a professional-grade system.  In the industry, this is referred to as a closed pressurized system. 

It is called a closed system because the water and waste flow in and out through disposable tubing and speculum that are attached to the outside of the colonic irrigation system.  The flow of the water is controlled by a flow control valve.  The water flows into the colon at a very low rate for the clients safety.  The therapist controls the pressure range.  The pressure gage on the system not only shows the rate at which the water is flowing into the colon, but it also registers a back pressure as well.  This lets the therapist know when to stop the fill cycle and open the release valve to allow the contents of the colon to evacuate out through the waste tubing.  Because everything is self-contained within the tubing, there is no smell or mess associated with the process. The picture above is what the Hydrosan Plus system looks like. 

How long does a colonic session last?

The length of a session will vary according to the individual needs of the client.  Usually, a session will last between 30 minutes to an hour.  Please plan 90 minutes for your first visit in order to allow time for a proper intake and to answer any questions you might have about the colonic process. 

May I bring someone with me?

Of course you are welcome to bring a friend, spouse or family member.  They will usually find the experience very informative.  However, I ask that you limit the number of visitors to just one.  Too many people can be distracting and make it hard for you to fully relax and release well.  Please do not bring any children  (I have no one to watch them while we are in session) and as children do, they can become restless during a session, again making it hard for you to relax and gain the full benefit of the experience. 

Is the process uncomfortable?

Honestly, the answer to this question is relative and dependent on several factors.   

Some people's colons may be more sensitive than others.  What may be comfortable to you may be uncomfortable for someone else and vice-versa.  Also, constipation and gas can cause more of a cramping sensation.  A properly trained therapist is an important factor in helping to mitigate any discomfort.   A knowledgeable therapist will also help to get a proper hydration of the colon and a successful release of waste matter for the colonic session.

Sometimes during a colonic, the colon muscles will contract suddenly, expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum.  This may feel like cramping or gas and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum.  Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.  It must be said that while the therapist is in the room to assist you during the colon hydrotherapy session, you the client are always in control.   You may choose to release at anytime.

Most everyone will get a slight cramping sensation as the peristalsis (contractive response) of the colon is stimulated and the colon is evacuating the  waste matter.  Clients generally say that the relief and benefit they feel afterward far outweighs any discomfort they felt during the session. 

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Colonic Speculum, inlet tubing, and waste tubing for a  Hydrosan Plus colonic system.

What about the insertion of the tubing (speculum)? Does it hurt and how far in the body does it go?

The rounded, and lubricated speculum is gently inserted only 2-3 inches into the rectum.  Clients are assisted with the insertion and the therapist will then set it in just the right place and connect all the tubes for an easy, effective treatment.  And no, the insertion doesn't hurt, although it may feel a bit odd the first time.   

Preparation for a colonic session:

For new clients:  

  1. Try not to drink too much fluid (stay away from caffeine) for about 1 1/2 hours before your appointment time to avoid a full bladder during the session.
  2. Refrain from eating 2 hours before the colonic session to avoid a full stomach.
  3. Be as relaxed as possible and allow yourself ample time for the session.  If possible, make your schedule light for the rest of the day.  However, the majority of people are fine to return to work.
  4. Several things you can do to help yourself release more easily during the session would be to increase your water intake prior to your visit to at least 8 glasses of water daily or better yet, half your body weight in ounces each day (ie.  180 lbs = 90 ozs. of water).  Increasing your fiber intake to between 25-35 grams daily may help as well.  If you suffer from constipation, I recommend increasing your intake of fruit, vegetables and whole grains as the best sources of fiber over fiber supplements.  A supplemental fiber can constipate you more initially if you are not getting enough water.   The increased fiber will help to hold more fluid in the bowel and start to soften harder fecal matter so it will release more easily during your colonic session.
  5. To get the best result people may combine colonic sessions as part of a cleansing program (fasting, juicing, restricted diets (ie. vegetarian), and herbal/fiber cleanses). 

Can I eat afterwards?

Yes!  As long as your stomach is not upset, it is a good idea to eat something light after a colon hydrotherapy session.  Fresh Vegetable juice, a broth-based soup, steamed vegetables and brown rice are all good choices following your session.  Stay as close to nature (avoid processed foods) in your food choices and preferably eat organic foods.  See also:  Post-Treatment Tips

Is the process sanitary?

Modern colon hydrotherapy systems are manufactured through compliance with strict federal guidelines that dictate rigorous accountability.  For your safety,  I only use disposable single-use tubing and speculum kits.   A sterile lubricant is used for the insertion and the speculum goes in quite easily.  The speculum allows for both the water to flow into the colon through the fill tubing and for the waste to be released through the waste tubing.  The Hydrosan Plus colonic system has a built in chemical  sanitizing system which is used in between each use for your safety and peace of mind.  The water filtration system uses six filters that can filter out bigger contaminants  as well as even down to tiny cysts in the water.  See more pictures below.

Can I return to work after a colonic session?

Certainly.  Most people are able to return to work. Just don't over exert yourself.  Plan for a low-key day. Some people however, if they know they have a weak digestive system, they may need to take the rest of the day off for recovery.  It is also best to forego any planned exercise routine for that day after a colonic session.

Will I Experience Any Intestinal Discomfort Or Fatigue After The Colonic?

Usually not, but since the colonic will stir up the contents of the colon, you might experience some minor nausea or fatigue during the session.  If any discomfort occurs, it is recommended to rest and apply a warm heating pad to the abdomen.  If you wish, a mild vegetable broth, peppermint or chamomile tea is usually soothing to the stomach.  Any discomfort or fatigue will usually pass within 24 hours.


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Can I have a colonic while doing a fast (juice or water)?

The simple answer to this question is, "It depends on several factors."  First of all, if you have never had a colonic before, then it is advisable to do your first one while not in a fasting state to see how your body reacts.  While fasting, it is important to maintain a proper electrolyte balance.  For this reason, if you are doing a water fast please call before you make an appointment.  Generally, I will not see clients who have been doing a prolonged water fast for more than 3 days. If you are doing a juice fast and it's your first time having a colonic, then I ask that you call before booking an appointment to assess when would be the best time to do a colonic session(s).  My goal is always to help you get the best results possible, be safe and have the best all-around experience from your first colonic session.  

My child is constipated. Can I bring my child in to receive a colonic session?

I realize how helpless a parent can feel when you have a child complaining/crying from the pain and cramping of constipation.  Truth be told this is becoming more of a problem for children with each passing day.   Children can often be dehydrated and even more often, lacking in enough daily fiber intake.  That said, my initial answer to that question is yes, for children 12 - 18 years of age (with a parent or guardian present), I will see them for a colonic session.  What works best is if the child is first brought with one of the parents to a colonic session of their own (ie. for the parent, and yes, proper draping of you the parent is maintained).  That way the child can see first-hand what will take place prior to booking them an appointment.   I will not book appointments for children who are not fully informed first and have not given consent for treatment.


For children 12 and under, I first recommend parents to track your child's daily water, dietary fiber intake and activity levels along with bowel movement frequency (some children will hold their stool rather than use the restroom). There are many reasons for this.  More closer monitoring and getting their water intake and dietary fiber intake into a healthier range of food choices will generally correct this issue of constipation. The reason I don't see children under 12 is because most children under 12 can't comprehend what is going to transpire and it can be too traumatizing of an event for a total stranger to perform this service rather than someone they know and trust (ie. a parent).  I will sometimes teach parents how to administer an enema properly for their child.  If done properly, occasional enemas performed at home can be a part of the solution.   More whole fruits and vegetables not processed or fast-food as well as limiting their sugar intake can all help.  Increasing their activity levels is very important (get them outside playing regularly instead of sitting for hours in front of the TV).  If none of that seems to be helping you can also add some prune juice and a children's probiotic to their daily dietary intake.


Sometimes an ongoing issue of constipation for a child can be tied to some type of stress or emotional trauma the child has or is experiencing (ie. fear of using a public restroom/holding their stool, etc.).  This can only make the problem worse over time.   Leading by example yourself and training your child to answer the call to nature and use the restroom whenever they feel the urge to go can go a long way to helping them develop healthy bowel habits.  If this problem doesn't clear up with closer monitoring of their diet and activity levels then seeking professional help from their pediatrician or a mental health expert may be advisable.  

May I receive a colonic during my menstrual cycle?

Yes, you could have a colonic session during your monthly cycle.  However, most women prefer to wait until after their monthly cycle is over or come in before it actually starts.  As some women deal with more constipation the week prior to their cycle starting.  If done prior, some women say that it helps to lessen some cramping and pms symptoms experienced  during their cycle period.   If you choose to have a colonic while you are on your cycle, it is advisable to remove any feminine hygiene products during the colonic session due to them creating too much pressure against the rectal wall;  thereby making it difficult to release stool waste during your colonic session.

What Is The Organization I-ACT?

The International Association for Colon Therapy (I-ACT) heightens the awareness of the colon hydrotherapy profession, ensures continuing and progressive education in the field of colon hydrotherapy and implements professionalism beyond reproach.  I graduated in 1999 from an I-ACT certified school (The Internal Environment Institute) located in Los Angeles California.  I am also a current member of I-ACT and adhere strictly to the associations standards of practice.  While most therapist do an amazing job, training and experience can vary.  Be a smart health consumer, and ask about the therapists education and make sure they are using a professional-grade colonic system and following proper sanitation guidelines for your safety.  To see pictures of my colonic system and the single-use speculum kits that I use in my office, click here.

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