Tips & Advice
How many colonic irrigation sessions are usually needed?
The number of colonic irrigation sessions needed will depend on the overall health of the colon, as well as one's overall health goals. If there is a short-term goal, such as relieving constipation, a therapist may be able to provide an idea of how many sessions it will take to achieve the desired result. If there is a broader goal, such as boosting overall health and vitality, it might be helpful to make monthly or bi-monthly colonic irrigation sessions a part of one's routine.
How long does each colonic irrigation session take?
On its own, a round of colonic irrigation typically takes about 45 minutes. But plan on at least an hour total to account for getting undressed and other preparation. The first session could last as long as 90 minutes, since the therapist will need to complete an intake procedure to assess the client’s medical history.
What are the dos and don’ts following a colonic irrigation session?
Do hydrate with healthful beverages such as water, herb teas, and raw juices in the days following a colonic irrigation session.
Do help the body restore its electrolytes by consuming colloidal minerals, algae or herb teas intended to achieve this effect.
Do take a good probiotic to help the gastrointestinal tract restore good flora and bacteria after a colonic irrigation session.
Don't consume caffeinated beverages or alcohol in the three days immediately following colonic irrigation, as these may irritate the colon.
Don't consume foods that are fried and/or fatty until at least two days after colonic irrigation, since these foods may be difficult for a recovering colon to digest.
What is required to prepare for a colonic irrigation session?
In the two hours prior to a colonic irrigation session: Abstain from eating and drinking.
In the 24 hours prior to a colonic irrigation session: Abstain from red meat, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. Replace these foods and beverages with fresh fruits and vegetables. Also try to avoid foods that can cause flatulence, such as beans and cabbage.
How can you determine whether colonic irrigation will be helpful?
Colonic irrigation might be helpful if the following conditions apply:
Chronic constipation: Over the years, mucus and sludge can accumulate in your colon. This condition is known as an impacted colon, and it can narrow the pathways available for defecation, leading to chronic constipation. If you experience infrequent bowel movements, colonic irrigation may flush out the waste and provide relief.
Fatigue, headaches or backaches: These might be symptoms of an impacted colon, and colonic irrigation may work to expel the toxins that can cause these issues.
Acne, bad breath or excessive body odor: Acne, bad breath and excessive body odor can also indicate an impacted colon, and colonic irrigation may be helpful in getting to the root of these problems.
Could colonic irrigation equipment reuse lead to cross-contamination?
All colonic irrigation equipment that makes contact with the body and bodily fluids is disposable and intended for one-time use only. The hydrotherapy device has a one-way check valve and an internal self-cleaning system to ensure that only purified water is dispensed. These safeguards protect people from cross-contamination.
How much does colonic irrigation cost?
Colonic irrigation usually costs between $80 and $100 per session. Most service providers offer discounts when sessions are purchased as part of a bundle.
How does colonic irrigation differ from a home enema or a laxative?
Home enemas use less than a gallon of water and reach only the lower part of the colon. Colonic irrigation utilizes 15 gallons or more, and this allows the entire length of the colon to be flushed. While home enemas and colonic irrigation can work to hydrate the colon, laxatives contain drugs and chemicals that can have a dehydrating and irritating effect on colon walls.
Why is it important to take care of the colon?
The digestive system plays a key part in overall health. If the colon is impacted, it can prevent defecation, and this can lead to toxicity in the body. An impacted colon can also prevent the body from properly absorbing nutrients, which can deprive the body of nourishment and nutrition.
What is colonic irrigation?
Colonic irrigation cleanses the colon by using specialized equipment to flush it with large amounts of filtered water. The colon--which is also known as the large intestine--is an integral part of the digestive tract. Colonic irrigation can assist with health challenges caused by toxicity and poor nutrient absorption.