What physically happens during a colonic session?
Once you and your therapist have
discussed the procedure and you feel more at ease with your new health
venture, the two of you should establish your goals. The therapist will typically advise you of the
schedule of colon cleansing that you will need to plan in order to
accomplish these goals. A series of colonics is generally required to
bring the body back to a state of optimal health.
Before starting the procedure you are given a gown and asked to remove appropriate
clothing. Then you need to empty your bladder in a nearby toilet so that
your session won't be interrupted.
After lying down on a comfortable padded table, a lubricated, disposable speculum with a tapered end is gently inserted into the rectum. The tapered end is actually a
separate piece that is removed after insertion and discarded. Called an obturator, it is designed so that the insertion is not
uncomfortable or damaging to any rectal tissue. The speculum is then
attached to two tubes, in what is called a "closed" system. The smaller tube delivers the filtered,
temperature-controlled water to the speculum and your colon, while the
larger tube carries the fecal waste to the colon therapy machine. Our
colon therapy machine is attached to the building's plumbing system so
that all waste is discretely moved from your body without offensive odor or embarrassment. During your colonic sessions,
your therapist will always make sure your modesty and comfort needs are
The machine has a viewing tube
with special lighting which allows you and the therapist to
examine what is coming out of your body. This provides you an
opportunity to discuss what is happening and to ask any
questions about what you see. (We prefer and use in our clinic the
"closed system," but there is also an "open system" that is equally comfortable and effective.)
During an average 35- to 50-minute
session, the colon therapist infuses 5 to 20 gallons of filtered water
into your colon. At any one "fill," you may have between a pint and two
quarts of water in your colon. During a fill, only the volume of water
that feels comfortable for you is introduced. Once you feel full, you
tell the therapist and the water is then released. Your colon empties
out into the drainage tube, carrying with it fecal and toxic matter that
has been dislodged. This filling and emptying continues, along with
abdominal massaging, for the entire session.
This repetitive filling with water
not only flushes wastes out the colon, but it also stimulates the colon
to contract. This contracting of the colon is called peristalsis. This
is the same muscular action that the stool stimulates as it moves
through the colon. In this way, colon cleansing with water is gentle
and yet extremely effective because as you clean the colon, you are
strengthening the colon muscles. This is why colon cleansing is not
addictive, like laxatives, but is strengthening to your colon.
Laxatives use chemicals to stimulate bowel movements, which is quite
unnatural. Using water and essential oils to cleanse your colon can be an excellent way to bring about optimal bowel function.
Once you and your therapist feel
you are done, you sit on the toilet for 5-15 minutes. Having a
squatting stool available at the toilet can make a big difference since
a squatting stool allows the body to assume a position more conducive
to comfortable expelling of colon waste. I recommend that clients
really take their time while emptying on the toilet in order to achieve a
full evacuation of the bowels as well as to increase their confidence
that they won't have an accident on their way home.
Learn about the Welles Step Squatting Stool
How will I feel during the session?
Most people are nervous at first.
After that, they relax. By the end of a session, generally people feel
cleaner and healthier. As a therapist, I am also encouraged by the
people who don't feel better after a session. A difficult colonic
session can signal a distressed colon and progress being made to change
Does it hurt?
No. As your colon fills with water
you may have some cramping. This is good. Your therapist uses this cue
to empty your colon and assist you to release. Good communication with
the therapist is what makes it a pain-free experience. I stay with the
client during the entire treatment. This allows me to "work" the colon
therapy machine in order to move out the 2 to 20 feet of stool during a
regular session. Also, I pay attention to a person's body language as
some people experience more discomfort than others. When someone is
experiencing discomfort, I will massage the belly, or slow the flow
of water, or let them sit on the toilet. One of the main jobs of the
client is to tell me when he or she feels full. At this point, I will let out the
water that has been building up in the colon. With the release of
water comes stool.
Will I leak or make a mess all over?
No, most people don't leak. Part
of the colon therapist's job is to diminish your chance of leaking by
controlling the water flow and listening to you. It is rare that a
client makes a mess.
How long does it take?
A colonic session usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour.
After a colonic will I need to be close to the toilet all day?
No, this is not a worry.
How will I feel when I am finished?
Some feel relaxed and a little tired, others feel empty or lighter, and 95% of my clients state that they feel great!
Is there any time I shouldn't have colonics?
You shouldn't have colonics if you have uncontrolled
hypertension or congestive heart failure, an aneurysm, severe anemia, GI
hemorrhage/perforation, severe hemorrhoids, renal insufficiency,
cirrhosis, carcinoma of the colon, fistulas, abdominal hernia, recent
colon surgery (less than three months prior), or are in the first or third
trimester of pregnancy. If you have
any of these conditions, using the OHC plan without the colon therapy
could reverse your symptoms.
Are colonics more effective than in-home enemas?
Some people say yes, absolutely.
Others only take enemas. In many ways, the effectiveness issue really
comes down to personal preference and skill.
You certainly do have
access to a lot more water during a colonic session. Thirty to
fifty gallons of water is much more than 6 quarts. Also, you have
access to a trained professional with valuable experience. If you have
access to colonics and you can afford it, I would definitely
give it a try. In addition, because this program can be difficult to stick to at times, setting up and paying for your
colonic sessions at the start of your program can make all the
difference in the world, because you have made an agreement with another person
and it is this person's job to support you throughout the process.
On the other hand, in-home enemas are
absolutely as effective as colonics, and they are much
cheaper. This gives you more money to spend on raw dairy, organics, and
other needed health tools.
For a more comprehensive review of how to take an at-home enema, view our instructional videos on DVD, All About Enemas and Cleansing, Coffee Enemas, and Colon Tubes, or please refer to Kristina Amelong's book, Ten Days to Optimal Health: A Guide to Nutritional Therapy and Colon Cleansing.
How often should I have a colonic?
Like brushing your teeth, you
might choose to make colon cleansing a part of your regular hygiene
program. Regular colon cleansing can be a very healthy choice. There is
no one prescription for everyone. A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) gives you a picture of
what toxins are stored in your body and what toxins you need to remove.
Using the hair analysis on a seasonal basis will guide you to the
cleansing program that will best suit your needs. If you don't choose
to utilize the hair analysis, know that most people find that after a
colonic experience, they feel much better. It is this renewed vitality
that is your guide. Keep it in mind. As soon as you find it
diminishing, have a colon therapy session or a series of enemas. You'll
find that in doing this you might feel better instantly. And, if you
find that you don't feel better after a colon cleansing series, take a
break for a period of time. In my clinic, it seems that most people
benefit greatly from cleansing their colon at least one time per month.
What do medical doctors have to say about colon hydrotherapy?
Before laxatives were in common use, both enemas and colon therapy machines were used in hospitals
For a more detailed account of medical opinion, read this article:
Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals