No, the most sensitive part of the treatment is the insertion of the speculum into the rectum. The rectum will be lubricated and the speculum will be inserted quickly by your therapist. The speculum penetrates no deeper than 5-6cm (2 inches) and has a flange to prevent over penetration. During the treatment any mild discomfort is of a short duration and passes quickly. Depending on the severity and longevity of the symptoms that are being treated the discomfort may be in the form of cramps similar to those when you need the toilet. Nothing more.
An enema is used to clear the rectum of waste. The rectum is the lowest 20-30cm of the bowel and so the waste cleared is very superficial. Colon Hydrotherapy treats the entire colon which can be 1.5-2 metres long.
In most cases yes, I am able to insert the speculum when haemorrhoids are present. In very severe cases it might not be possible.
Most people who come for Colon Hydrotherapy are those who are relatively healthy who want to become more healthy. Those with symptoms such as bloating, sluggish digestion, constipation. However, there are some people who I cannot treat which is why my medical questionnaire is so important.
People with the following conditions I may not be able to treat:
If it is your first colon hydrotherapy session I advise you do nothing beforehand so that I can get a picture of your current state of health. The extent to which the bowel is able to get rid of the faecal matter, the state of hydration of the bowel, the state of communication between the bowel and brain and, generally, the body’s efficiency at eliminating wastes. This will enable me to advise on a course of effective treatment.
No, I use clear, filtered water to perform the treatment.
Absolutely not! After our consultation in the treatment room I will leave you to undress from the waist down and put on disposable pants. You will then lie on the couch with a towel over you. When you are ready, I will return to the treatment room. After I have gently inserted the speculum, you will be covered up apart from when I am massaging your tummy. The fully enclosed colon hydrotherapy system ensures there is no mess and no smell during the treatment.
Your colon hydrotherapy treatment can last between 35 and 40 depending on the symptoms being treated. After the treatment you will be able to use the toilet in the treatment room to finish releasing. You can use the toilet for as long as you need. No rush. The best part!
There are no hard and fast ways of telling that the treatment has finished. A lot depends on how comfortable you have been during the treatment, and how your body has performed during the treatment.
You will lose wastes – some people lose more, some lose less. Some people absorb water and do not release it straightaway, especially if their bowel was dehydrated previously. The only proven way to lose weight is to move your body and eat good quality food in reasonable amounts. Once I have taken the bad stuff out, I will encourage you to think about what you put back in!
Before the first treatment, it isn’t really possible to say how many treatments you will need but if you are new to colon hydrotherapy I would recommend a course of three treatments initially. You may need regular ‘maintenance’ treatments depending on your condition.
Generally it is fine to carry on as normal, go back to work, go to the gym, your body will tell you if it is unhappy. I recommend eating light meals, with the bulk of the nutrients coming from vegetables, fruit, juices and light proteins. Not to eat any spicy or rich foods for at least two days.
I recommend you take probiotic supplements and eat live yoghurts or kefir to help restore your good gut bacteria. Eating fermented foods, such as live yoghurts, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. Also miso and tofu are good after a colonic. The bowel is a naturally acidic environment. Probiotic bacteria survive best in lactic acid, and this is what fermented products help create.