Your digestive tract is a vital part of healthy body function. An ineffective digestive system makes it difficult for your kidneys and liver to properly flush toxins, which in turn can lead to a variety of health complaints. Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, is a technique for improving intestinal function by cleaning the large intestine and lower bowel of waste without using prescription medications.
Our state-of-the-art colon hydrotherapy suite in our Collingwood Naturopathic clinic offers regular treatment times. To book an appointment or learn more, please contact us at 705-444-5331.
Frequently Asked Questions about Colon Hydrotherapy
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy (also called colonics, colon cleanses, or colonic irrigation) is a hygienic cleansing of the colon (large intestine) with filtered, temperature regulated water. Water is introduced via a sterile speculum inserted in the rectum and eliminated via a waste hose so there is never any offensive odour or need to “hold” onto the fluid for as long as you can before releasing it voluntarily. It is a painless, safe and effective method of removing dried fecal matter and restoring the colon to optimal health and function, bringing with it a sense of well being.
What is the purpose of colon hydrotherapy?
The therapy is useful for many different reasons, including restoring and/or regulating bowel functions and routines, reducing toxins built up in the colon and helping to detoxify the liver and lymphatic system. Colon hydrotherapy is also a reasonable alternative to laxative use, reducing the need for chemicals to stimulate elimination. Many people opt to use it prior to medical procedures that require bowel preparation with laxatives, or following barium studies to enhance the elimination of barium. It can also quite simply play a role in assisting you with your wellness goals and supporting your dietary and lifestyle efforts.
What will I feel?
You will feel minimal pressure with the insertion of a lubricated speculum into the rectum. Through the rest of the treatment you may feel warm or cool sensations in your abdomen as the water gently fills your colon. Some people experience intermittent feelings that they need to have a bowel movement which pass quickly as waste and water is eliminated via the “closed” system. The therapist will use massage at times to assist in dislodging matter from the colon walls, relaxing muscles and promoting gentle filling and emptying of the colon.
Will I be able to resume normal activities after?
Absolutely! After treatment you will eliminate residual water and fecal matter in the washroom. You may have to have further bowel movements again through the day but you don’t need to be concerned about needing to run to the washroom every few minutes. Many people report a feeling of being “lighter and clearer” after receiving a treatment.
How often do I need to have colon hydrotherapy?
Your specific needs/goals and treatment plan will be decided during consultation with your naturopathic doctor. Generally a course of 6-12 weeks to start is ideal, with 2 treatments in the first 3-5 days and weekly after that. Maintenance visits can be done at regular intervals, or requested at your discretion once initial treatment plans are complete and responses realized.
Do I need to prepare?
It’s helpful to drink plenty of water before and after receiving a treatment to support the body in its detoxification efforts and to maintain good hydration. We also recommend that you take probiotic supplements during the course of treatment to maintain healthy flora (good bacteria) levels in the colon. These supplements can be purchased anywhere that natural products are sold.
Is Colon Hydrotherapy Safe?
Absolutely. Serious side effects are very rare and very unlikely. You can find a study about the safety and efficacy of colon hydrotherapy here: