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Colonic Irrigation

Introduction

Colonic irrigation, is a safe and effective way to hydrate and cleanse the colon of hardened waste, toxins, bad bacteria and parasites, preparing the gut to establish and sustain a healthy microbiome.

Colonic Irrigation is also referred to as colon hydrotherapy, colon cleansing or colonics. All of these are names for the process which uses warm, purified water to cleanse the colon – water in, waste out.

Health Benefits

There are immediate and long term health benefits you’ll experience when you begin colon cleansing. Our clients report better gut health, increased energy, clear skin and sound sleep as some of the immediate results. Some clients go through an initial detox reaction such as headaches and tiredness but this is generally short lived.

Long term health benefits will show in all areas of the body. The colon has a connection to every other organ, therefore every system will function better with a clean, healthy gut and balanced microbiome.

Why is the colon key to good health?

The colon hosts the microbiome – the internal eco-system of bacteria that synthesises vitamins B12, folic acid, thiamine and vitamin K. The influence of the gut on health and wellbeing has been widely researched and it is now known that a healthy colon with a balanced microbiome contributes to a stronger immune function and better mental health.

Ideally colonic irrigation is used periodically as a detox measure and for disease prevention. It can also be effective in the treatment of various health issues.

Digestive disorders:

  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies

Digestive related conditions:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Lowered immunity
  • Chronic fatigue
The Colon

The colon is one of the organs of elimination along with the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system. It makes up the last 5-6 ft. of the digestive system, completing the digestive process by absorbing water, nutrients and synthesising key vitamins.

What causes the colon to function sub-optimally?

There are many reasons why the colon may not function optimally. Generally poor nutrition and lifestyle choices are responsible for the majority of digestive disorders. Lack of exercise, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, stress, poor sleep and certain medications can all have an impact on the colon. Genetic predispositions or autoimmune diseases can exacerbate digestive disorders.

The good news is that we can make changes that will lead to better gut health. Ultra-processed foods containing trans-fats, sugar and chemical additives lead to the breakdown of intestinal tissue. The colon acts as the ‘rubbish bin’ of the body and has the job of eliminating waste, but without proper nutrition and hydration the microbiome can become unbalanced and depleted, contributing to a variety of health issues.

Key to Colon Cleansing

We live in a toxic world where we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals and pollutants every day. Body chemistry is kept in balance through detoxification pathways but with increasing toxic assaults from the environment, these pathways can become overwhelmed and slowed down. Reducing toxic stress and helping the eliminative channels stay clear is one of the most important steps you can take towards achieving radiant health.

The most important reasons to cleanse the colon

We are not designed to carry around years of build up waste. A colon that is sluggish eventually interferes with the functioning of other organs. Digestive disorders such as IBS, constipation, bloating and gas can be traced back to microbiome imbalance and depletion. Over time these disorders may progress to more serious conditions. Colon cleansing clears out any accumulated waste and sets up the right conditions for a healthy microbiome. 

Colonic Irrigation

How does colonic irrigation work?

Colon hydrotherapy is the infusion of warm, ultra filtered water into the colon to release waste, toxins, unfriendly bacteria and parasites. You will be comfortably reclined in a private room and given step by step instructions and support. A small, disposable tube approximately the diameter of a pencil is self-inserted into the rectum to facilitate the entrance of water into the body.

The water slowly and systematically travels around the colon for 45 minutes, softening and breaking up blockages and removing them from the body. Each client will experience the procedure differently depending on their digestive health, however most clients are relieved at how easy the experience is compared to their expectations. For most people the procedure is refreshing and relaxing.

 

Downtime or risks?

Generally there is no downtime after colon hydrotherapy. Some of our clients even come during their lunch break. Most clients feel lighter, relaxed and refreshed after their session. Some clients report feeling extra tired and others experience a mild headache or unsettled feeling in the abdomen. This is a sign that the detox process is working and is normal.

We use the best TGA registered equipment and qualified therapists. Our system is low pressure or ‘gravity fed’ and the water is ultra filtered. All tubes and cover sheets are fully disposable. Complications are rare but can happen. We assess each client for any contraindications, medications or previous health issues that may pose a risk. There are some conditions in which we cannot perform the treatment or need approval from a gastroenterologist. Such conditions include:

  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • All digestive cancers
  • Medications such as steroidal or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Abdominal surgery within 3-6 months

Perforation of the colon is very rare and may occur in less than 1 in 20,000.

 

 

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