FAQ for colonics

FAQ on Colon Hydrotherapy

How does it feel? Isn’t it embarrassing?

You will be exposed only for a very short moment in order to gently insert a small tube called a speculum about an inch and a half into your rectum. After that you’ll remain covered throughout the treatment, and, naturally, you can change in complete privacy before and after the treatment.

As the warm water enters, you’ll feel fullness as your colon fills up, then a relaxing feeling as it empties. It may be slightly displeasing at times and deeply relaxing at other moments.

I will have my first session. What shall I expect? Is there anything special to consider upfront or in the aftermath?

Before practicing a colon hydrotherapy, I will first consult you and check your overall state of health. I will take your full medical case history. This first meeting will also include an evaluation of your alimentation and proposals on how to improve your daily diet.

On the day of the hydrotherapy, you can come as you are. You can even come if you are sick; notably in case of constipation or gastritis, colonics can procure great relieve. Women can come during their periods. I will provide you with a clean set of towels and you can change in complete privacy.

You may want to stop drinking 2h before the session (a full bladder is less pleasant during the massage). For those who suffer from severe constipation, you can take soaked flax seeds in the morning the days preceding your appointment. In addition, if you want to maximize the cleansing process, you can adapt your diet during at least three days before your appointment. I will be happy to advice you.

As soon as your treatment is completed you may eliminate remaining waste or water in the toilet. After that it can take a day or two before you feel the urge again.

Leaving the practice you can carry on with your normal life. Perhaps you may want to rest for a short period. It is beneficial to start eating with a rather light meal, e.g. a vegetable soup. Most people feel great after a colonic; however, occasionally some patients may feel a little under the weather. If you have any concerns, or feel unwell, just reach out to me.

How many sessions do I need?

Generally, I recommend having 2-3 sessions within 10 days if this is the first time ever you clean your colon. After this first cleaning, you should at least have a follow-up session a month later in order to benefit from diverse positive effects. There is a subtle learning process involved in receiving colonics. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen and as your body learns to allow the cleansing experience, you can easier get into the process and consequently let go more waste material. How many colonics you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives and your state of health.

Who should not have a colonic?

Colon hydrotherapy is a natural treatment with very few side effects, thus there are only few conditions that exclude this measure. In general, patients with diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe hemorrhoids, blood vessel disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, recent colon surgery, and intestinal tumors should first discuss with an experienced health care provider. In any case, I always conduct a thorough consultation before practicing colonics on my patients.

Can I resolve chronic constipation with Colon Hydrotherapy?

Unlike damaging laxatives, colonics do not turn the bowel lazy. Colon hydrotherapy exercises and strengthens the bowel, promoting a return to regular, complete bowel movements. So yes, you can resolve chronic constipation with colonics - it's a natural, straight-forward treatment for such conditions and reveals of great efficiency.

Will a colonic irrigation completely empty my colon?

Almost never – many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon. Substantial work must be done to remove it.

What are the side-effects? Is it true that it washes out intestinal flora?

It is an essential natural method implying only water and a gentle massage, so side effects are very rare. Cleaning the colon and releasing it from putrefied material is of great benefit for the intestinal flora. People disfavoring this method claim that colonic irrigation washes out the intestinal flora. I am somewhat skeptical. Did we ever wonder whether brushing our tooth or drinking water affects bacterial floras in mouth or gut? Should this be the case, we would need to review our all drinking and hygienic habits under this aspect. What goes without saying is that the take of antibiotics destroys the micro flora and that it takes several days for the flora to restore.

You should know that good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment, clean from putrefaction bacteria. If you wish, you can have special food and food supplements after a colonics to help your micro flora rebalance. I recommend German “Brottrunk”, “Kefir”, “Molke” etc. I will be happy to advise you on this matter.

As for other side effects, in some case, you may feel a little light-headed or chilled following a colonic; or you can feel tired. This is due to the detoxification process as well as the release from emotional stress retained in the colon. Indeed, our colon retains many negative emotions that we try to forget or oppress.

I am pregnant, can I have a colonic?

In general, I do practice colon hydrotherapy on pregnant women. It's a natural cleansing method with very few contra-indications. It goes without saying, that I always have a detailed and thorough consultation with my pregnant patients.

Colonic Hydrotherapy and detoxification: how does it go together?

Colon cleansing is usually understood as a process for eliminating built up waste and fecal matter from the digestive tract in order to establish more efficient digestion.

During detoxification, we concentrate on the liver. The focus is on ridding the body of toxins that can cause multiple health related issues. It’s the liver that filters toxins from the blood stream and stocks them over time if elimination is not given (eg due to an obstructed colon). These build ups in the liver and can cause major damage to that vital organ and our overall health suffers.

Cleaning the colon actively supports a detox program. The digestion is improved and the colon tells the liver that it is now “safe” again to release toxins that have been stocked beforehand.

Why do we only clean the colon? I thought the small intestine to be the most important organ for digestion and immune system.

Without a clean colon you cannot maintain optimal health in the long run. Stored fecal waste, releases toxins that impair our overall health. Hence, appropriate colonic hygiene is crucial for maintaining good health.

If you want to clean your complete gastro-intestinal system – including the small intestine, you can refer to yogi style cleansing methods that consist of drinking large quantities of salty water - please refer to my section on colonic hygiene - what you can do.