A colonic is a cleansing procedure where water is introduced through the rectum to clean and flush out toxins from the colon. A typical colonic session may last from forty-five minutes to an hour. This is
best done under the supervision of a colon therapist, an expert in colonic. This may also be called a colonic irrigation, colonic hydrotherapy or colon irrigation.
The Colonic Procedure
After completion and examination of your complete health history checkup and consultation by the hydrotherapist, you wear a hospital gown and lie down, face-up on the treatment table.
The therapist inserts a disposable speculum, which is connected by a long disposable plastic hose to the colon hydrotherapy unit, into your anus. The therapist slowly releases warm and filtered water into the colon. The water causes your colon muscles to contract.
This is peristalsis. This causes the feces to be pushed out from your colon through the hose and collected in a closed waste system for disposal. There could be some discomfort or a weird sensation in the abdomen during the therapy.
The therapist massages in and around the abdominal region during the therapy to facilitate the process.
The therapist could comment on the color of the feces, although no smell would come out of the closed system.
After the session, you may use the toilet to pass any residual water and stools.
Do You Need a Colonic?
A colonic is normally used to remove accumulated fecal matter from the colon. Accumulated feces within the colon are the primary cause for constipation and may, in turn, encourage the development of various diseases and illnesses. That could cause a significant deterioration in your general health.
The accumulated fecal matter could harden over time and reduce the normal processes of absorption of water and nutrients. Such an accumulation may also produce an uncontrollable growth of harmful colon bacteria and yeast. Sometimes, stagnant toxins could be absorbed back into the bloodstream
through the colon wall. This is autointoxication.
Common side effects of a colonic may include nausea and fatigue for several hours. There may be a risk of perforation of the abdominal wall. Careful monitoring is required to reduce the possibility of complications like electrolyte imbalance and heart failure due to excessive absorption of water.
People that should NOT have Colonics
People that have or are being checked for specific medical conditions like ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, blood vessel disease, severe hemorrhoids, heart disease, congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal cancer, abdominal hernia, severe anemia, or intestinal tumors should not have a colonic.
You should refrain from having a colonic if you have undergone any recent surgery of the colon. Pregnant women should not have a colonic as it could stimulate uterine contractions.
Preparation for a Colonic
Before the colonic, drink plenty of fluids and eat only lightly.
After a Colonic
After the colonic, eat very light foods.Some people recommend that you eat probiotic foods to restore the good bacteria in your gut. Avoid raw vegetables for few days.