Q. What is colon hydrotherapy?

A “colonic” or “colon therapy” is the gentle infusion of gravity fed, temperature controlled, filtered water into the colon via the rectum. At Pure Health, we use state of the art, medically approved equipment operated by Certified Colon Hydrotherapists. We therefore uphold the safest, most sanitary and comfortable standards in the industry.

The average person can have between 2-5 kilos of undigested food, waste and matter just sitting in and on the walls the colon. A colonic uses water to break down any waste or toxic matter that can be built up within the colon. If this is not removed from the body, the toxins are reabsorbed into the bloodstream, putting major stress on the liver, kidneys, immune system, circulatory and lymphatic system.

Q. What will colonics do to the colon?

Specifically, a colonic is used to accomplish the following:

1. Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently, but surely removed in the process of a series of treatments. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to co-operate as it was intended to. In this very real sense a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.

2. It Exercises the Colon Muscles: The build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material.

3. It Reshapes the Colon: When problem conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape which in turn causes more problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled with the massage techniques of the colon therapist helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.

4. It Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points colonic stimulates these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.

Q. Is it embarrassing to get a colonic?

No, you will fully maintain your personal dignity at all times. Colonics are carried out in very comfortable private rooms with state of the art FDA certified equipment with no mess and no odour to worry about. You will be fully covered at all times and your therapist will guide you on how to insert the small rectal tube. Upon ensuring your comfort, your therapist will give you the option to be left on your own while undergoing the procedure.

Q. Are colonics dangerous?

Being essentially a natural process, there is virtually no risk of danger with a colonic. Water is carried into the colon by gentle gravitational force only. Your therapist is highly trained and certified to ensure your safety and comfort. Extra care will be taken for elderly persons who are severely constipated.

Q. Do colonics hurt?

Some patients may experience cramping and tension due to gas or obstruction within the colon. These discomforts will ease with every release of this trapped air and fecal material.

Q. Could I become dependent on colonics?

The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. A colon therapist who is dedicated to your health, will encourage you to set a goal of having a well-functioning colon. Our fulfillment comes from assisting you in healing your colon, not in making you dependent upon colonics. Actually, one of its features is that a colonic can be used to tone the colon muscle so that the colon doesn't perform so sluggishly. Many people have sluggish colons. It may take days for bowel movements to return after a good colonic. This is when people think they are becoming "dependent" on colonics.

One good colonic is worth 20 or so regular bowel movements, so it may take some time for fecal material to build up in the colon once again if one has a sluggish colon. When the colon is sluggish and bowel movements do not return for a few days after one colonic, it is an indication that extensive colon work is needed to remove the debris that the bowel has built up over the years. This build up of fecal material has decreased the muscular action in the colon. Once a series of colonics is completed , the colon will begin to function like Mother Nature intended. Colonics give you a feeling of being lighter, cleaner and healthier with a sense of well-being. Cleansing and building programs offer preventative measures so that you can be in control of your own health. Dietary changes may be necessary to ensure long lasting and vital health.

Q. I am a woman. What if I have my period?

It is fine to have a colonic during your period. In fact some women find it beneficial to have a colonic on the day their period starts to reduce the menstrual discomfort experienced. A tampon is usually worn during the colonic for comfort.

Q. Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhea?

The most frequent post-colonic experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic. However this is not due to the colonic, but rather to the weakness of the colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing. Very infrequently diarrhea or loose bowels may be experienced. This could be due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste. If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration. However, since severe diarrhea dehydrates the body, it must be carefully monitored.

Q. How long does a colonic session take?

A colonic normally takes approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes. If could be longer or shorter depending on the judgement of the therapist and based on the feedback from the client. Time will be allocated before and after the session for changing of clothes and to empty remaining water in the colon. Colonics are a cleansing procedure and clients can often go back about their daily activities immediately after a session.

Q. What kind of water is used for colonic?

The water used for a colonic session has been purified using a 5 micron carbon filter and passed through a UV filter to eliminate the bacteria and residues in the water. The water used is of a quality that is safe for consumption.

Q. Will one colonic completely empty the colon?

It is unlikely that one colonic can completely empty the colon. Most individuals have considerable amount of impacted fecal material which has been dehydrated and hardened against the colon wall. Substantial amount of work is required to re-hydrate and draw out this material. Colonics involve a subtle learning process. After the first few sessions, you will begin to become more aware of what is happening in your abdomen.

Q. How many colonic sessions are required?

The number of sessions required depends on the objectives of the client and will vary between individuals due to different anatomical characteristics of the colon and individual food and lifestyle choices.

Generally speaking, an effective detoxifying cleanse requires an average of 5 consecutive colonics with a regimented cleansing diet.

If the objective is for improving bowel movement rather than a total detoxification program, then 2 consecutive colonics per week for 5 to 6 weeks is recommended.

Q. Is colon cleansing a new procedure?

No. The earliest recorded practice of colon hydrotherapy is in 1500B.C. in the ancient Egyptian document, Ebers Papyrus which dealt with the practice of medicine. The father of modern medicine Hypocrites (4th and 5th century B.C.), recorded using enemas for fever therapy. James A. Wiltsie, M.D. and Joseph E.G. Waddington, M.D. are modern physicians who promoted the value of colon hydrotherapy in preventing ill health and chronic disease conditions. Today, colon hydrotherapy is available on specialized equipment certified by the FDA.